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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Going POSTAL With THE VOTE: Democrats INTEND To Deliver An Election Day CRISIS

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, a box of absentee ballots wait to be counted at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, N.Y. Mail-in ballots have exploded in popularity since the pandemic spread in mid-March, at the peak of primary season.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, a box of absentee ballots wait to be counted at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, N.Y. Mail-in ballots have exploded in popularity since the pandemic spread in mid-March,
 at the peak of primary season.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)


THE WASHINGTON TIMES EDITORIAL


Dropping an election in the mail is a good way to lose it. That hasn’t stopped mischief-makers from tasking the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and its red, white and blue 1980 throwback mail trucks with driving the 2020 presidential election. At the same time they’re pushing universal vote by mail, Democrats are claiming that President Trump is setting up legions of postal workers to take the fall if the vote tally goes south. It’s a manufactured crisis, and is likely to do more harm to the electoral system than good.
Somewhere down the party’s list of “Ways to Dump Trump” must be an action item marked “wreck the vote” (not to be confused with “rock the vote”). After years of foolish opposition to common-sense voter ID laws, schemers have seized upon the COVID-19 pandemic as a rationale, sort of, for engineering a wholesale, last-minute overhaul of long-standing in-person voting procedures.
To be sure, social distancing means keeping the world at an arm’s length, or two. The potential for virus exposure while voting is minimal, though. When Wisconsin residents went to the polls at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in April, there was “no clear increase” in coronavirus cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Voting, then, is a low-risk activity. “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that,” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci told ABC News.
Democrats reject the doctor’s advice and instead demand a wholesale, last-minute change to mail-in voting. Amy Klobuchar, a former party candidate for president, has proposed a bill to make it the law of the land. The switch would saddle the already-struggling U.S. Postal Service with the unexpected task of distributing and collecting mountains of mailed-in ballots, pronto, in states unprepared for the added volume. Unsurprisingly, the USPS has warned there is no guarantee that every ballot will complete the round trip in time to be counted.
So anxious has the ballot bugaboo made House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has ordered her chamber to break off their August recess and return to Washington for a vote Saturday on a $25 billion bailout for the postal service, a bill separate from the $2.5 trillion coronavirus aid package she demands.
Democrats have expressed dark suspicions that the removal of some blue collection boxes from U.S. street corners and mail-sorting machines from postal distribution centers is evidence of a Republican conspiracy involving Trump-appointed U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to thwart Democrats’ campaign for vote by mail. Relocating equipment is a routine response to changing volumes of mail, says the USPS, but it agreed to suspend additional shifts until after Election Day. For his part, President Trump said Monday he “asked everybody to speed up the mail, not slow down the mail.”
Five states have already used voting systems in which every voter is sent a ballot. With manpower prepared in advance, those elections proceed drama-free. COVID-19 has induced three more states to join them, raising questions about whether hurried ballot blasts might result in blizzards of useless mailings to addresses of the departed and deceased.
These are not frivolous concerns: When the Las Vegas area held a primary election in June, 223,000 of 1.3 million ballots mailed out, or 17%, never arrived, according to a study by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election watchdog organization.
When Nevada went all in for mail-in-voting earlier this month, the Trump campaign responded with a lawsuit. “Major or hasty changes confuse voters, undermine confidence in the electoral process, and create incentive to remain away from the polls,” the legal challenge reads.
Sending out ballots by marketing mail class like Bed, Bath and Beyond circulars is an invitation for fraud that some gladly accept. New Jersey newspapers reported finding primary ballots dumped in bins on the floor of apartment building lobbies in April. And four Jersey men, including two local council members, were arrested in June for possessing extra ballots and filing false voter registration applications.
Americans fearful of catching the virus while voting already have the option of asking for an absentee ballot. Flooding the mail with unrequested ballots is asking for fraud. By pushing universal vote by mail, Democrats are delivering an unnecessary crisis.

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