Vote-by-Mail Must Never Be Implemented

 

Now that the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic is full-fledged, many politicians and government officials across the US are pushing for a dangerous policy— voting by mail. This policy would allow citizens across the country to mail-in ballots instead of going to a secure polling location. This policy should raise a plethora of red flags when it comes to the legitimacy of US elections.

Inaccurate Voter Rolls

Government oversight group Judicial Watch recently filed a lawsuit with the State of California and LA County, claiming that 1.5 million voter registrations were inactive, which violated the National Voter Registration Act. Since the lawsuit, California and LA County have agreed to remove the 1.5 million inactive registrations.

Other states surely are not up to date in rectifying inaccurate voter rolls. The state of Georgia recently removed over 300,000 inactive or deceased voters from their lists.<

What happens if voting by mail becomes implemented and states are not up to date? The ballots could very well be mailed to an old residence, and the ballot can be voted illegally in another person’s name. There would be no way of ensuring the legitimacy and accuracy of such an election if we have people voting on behalf of the deceased; or those who have moved to another residence or out of state.

Millions of Missing Absentee Ballots

Voting by absentee ballot is the only form of remote voting in the US. In the last four elections, over 28 million absentee ballots went missing. That number means one in five absentee ballots disappear after being sent in the mail. State and local employees have no idea where these ballots landed, and this number does not include the ballots that were mailed back due to an inaccurate address, which should scare Americans even more.

Voter Fraud

The term “voter fraud” is coined a conspiratorial conservative talking point by those on the left. That being said, voter fraud does occur. This issue cannot continue to be swept under the rug for the sake of political convenience. The Heritage Foundation has a complete database of over 1,200 proven instances of voter fraud, with over 1,100 convictions. Let us examine a few of these cases.

In 2013, Texas prosecutors charged a woman with four misdemeanor counts of violating election law to assist a politician running for re-election. A judge determined that 30 absentee ballots had been illicitly registered. What makes this even worse is that the overall election was decided by only 16 votes.

In 2016, a Pennsylvania man and his accomplice were convicted for a combined 407 counts of altering mail-in ballots. In 2017, a Florida woman was arrested for altering the vote count by filling in vote-by-mail ballots in favor of a certain candidate. Also in 2017, a New York man was sentenced to six months in prison for forging signatures on absentee ballots. Voter fraud occurs and expanding all elections to vote-by-mail would simply increase how often it happens.

Lack of Voter ID Laws

The liberal myth that Voter ID laws suppress minorities has been debunked time and time again, yet the mantra is repeated ad nauseam. Minorities need IDs in order to purchase a house, fly commercially, drive, buy alcohol, get married, donate blood, ad infinitum. If requiring an ID to vote suppresses them, then using the same logic, minorities are unable to participate in any of the above activities. This is obviously not the case.

Voter ID laws protect the legitimacy and security of our elections. We need ID laws to further protect our polling locations. Imagine the damage that relaxing the laws to vote-by-mail would do. To further the point, Voter ID laws cannot work with remote voting.

Always remember: once you give the government power, they will seldom relinquish it. Establishing remote voting would essentially make the laws permanent. Do not believe the politicians who will state that these laws are “temporary”. There is no such thing.

Senator Kamala Harris recently introduced a bill to invest $5 billion in election security, which includes expanding vote-by-mail. She stated, “No one should be forced to choose between their health and their right to vote”. She is setting up a false binary choice to trick voters into thinking remote voting is the only option to staying safe. This is simply a calculated political tactic.

If politicians want to prove to Americans that they have both our election security and health in mind, then they will simply pass legislation to expand the number of polling locations, which by default allows for more social distancing.

Vote-by-mail is a dangerous policy that needs to be vehemently opposed at not only all levels of government, but by the American citizens who will be the victims of a less secure country.

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Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical

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  1. JoelB Member
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    Pennsylvania has legalized vote by mail for all who want it for any reason or no reason at all. I think the state is truly lost.

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  2. Vance Richards Member
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    And I think it is safe to say that everyone in a nursing home with dementia will have a nice community organizer come over to “help”  them fill out the ballot. Same for everyone in a coma.

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  3. Rapporteur Coolidge
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    Well-stated.

    I have seen memes suggesting that we suggest the US Postal Service with checks (SS/tax refund/Wuhan coronavirus stimulus), so we should be able to trust them with ballots. This fails several ways:

    The check is mailed to a recipient, but transfer of funds is handled by the banks. Voting by mail would rely on the USPS for both sending and receipt of ballots.

    Checks must be tracked throughout their lifespan and positively associated with both the issuer’s and recipient’s bank accounts – otherwise, what’s the point of a check? To maintain the secret ballot, however, the voter’s ballot must be disassociated from the voter’s choices, so the process is inherently different.

    In the case of misdelivered checks which are endorsed and deposited, the audit trail can be traced back to recover the funds, prosecute the fraudulent recipient, and re-issue the check. There is no similar audit trail for secret ballots.

     

     

     

     

     

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  4. Stina Member
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    Why are almost all these convictions fraud in favor of Rs and no Ds?

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  5. Fritz Coolidge
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    Washington state has unfortunately had only “vote by mail” for some time, and as I recall, when there was a candidate’s lawsuit following a recount (or perhaps two recounts — memory fades) over allegations of improper voting, the court could find, yes,  there were improper ballots/votes counted but, no, it cannot be determined if the number was sufficient to alter the outcome because there is no paper trail. In other words, once counted, the mailed in ballots cannot be tied to any particular voter (because the ballot has to be private and secret, see how that works?).

    This allows illegals and others not qualified (or deceased) ghost “voters” to influence the election. All “mail in” voting is a very dangerous, easily corrupted way to hold elections.

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  6. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    JoelB (View Comment):

    Pennsylvania has legalized vote by mail for all who want it for any reason or no reason at all. I think the state is truly lost.

    Only if Pennsylvanians choose to throw up their hands. Don’t hate the playah, win the game. Win by the rules at hand. Be a bigger ballot harvester.

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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    And I think it is safe to say that everyone in a nursing home with dementia will have a nice community organizer come over to “help” them fill out the ballot. Same for everyone in a coma.

    So conservatives should show they have the most compassion and help the folks in the nursing homes before the leftists show up.

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  8. kidCoder Member
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    Keyden Smith-Herold: In the last four elections, over 28 million absentee ballots went missing

    The link goes to an article which links to a source which 404s.

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  9. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Too late, see comment number five. When the Republican candidate looked likely to win, the Dems managed to “find” enough new ballots which somehow all voted for the D to win. Obvious fraud, but the Dems own the state. 

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  10. JoelB Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    JoelB (View Comment):

    Pennsylvania has legalized vote by mail for all who want it for any reason or no reason at all. I think the state is truly lost.

    Only if Pennsylvanians choose to throw up their hands. Don’t hate the playah, win the game. Win by the rules at hand. Be a bigger ballot harvester.

    I overlooked one thing from the Department of State email. Things are not as bad as I had thought. The legalized vote by mail status seems to be only through the rest of the year (Thanks, Covid). Things might be dicey for the Presidential election year, but we Republicans can pull together like we always do and get congress back in 2022. Right? 

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  11. Miffed White Male Member
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    Senator Kamala Harris recently introduced a bill to invest $5 billion in election security, which includes expanding vote-by-mail.

    That seems like an oxymoron.

     

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  12. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Thank you for an excellent post. I would recommend to anyone interested Hugh Hewitt’s book, “If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat.” It’s somewhat dated, having been written about ten years ago, but it shows the history of election fraud clearly even though it doesn’t cover some of the newest methods, like ballot harvesting. Before mail-in ballots for all, they had to fake ballots or steal blanks. Now they can have them ready to deliver to any place where a Democrat needs to win.

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  13. philo Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment): When the Republican candidate looked likely to win, the Dems managed to “find” enough new ballots which somehow all voted for the D to win. Obvious fraud, but the Dems own the state. 

    If I recall correctly, there is always the legal-ish but rarely used lock-all-the-ballots-in-the-courthouse-basement-away-from-any-Republican-eyes-until-enough-votes-are-found-and-then-flood-the-basement-to-prevent-any-further-counting method. None dare call that fraud, Ma’am.

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  14. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    It’s probably very hard to literally buy votes in a standard election.  You can pay somebody to vote a certain way, but with a secret ballet you have no assurance they did it.  But this makes it easy.  You just have to find people who don’t care about elections who will sell their vote for a few bucks.  Have them turn over their signed, but otherwise unchecked ballets and you’re off to the races.

    People who have a chronic health condition that would make it risky for them to vote in person can surely get an absentee ballet. 

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  15. Keyden Smith-Herold Member
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    kidCoder (View Comment):

    Keyden Smith-Herold: In the last four elections, over 28 million absentee ballots went missing

    The link goes to an article which links to a source which 404s.

    Thanks for letting me know! Here is the link from RealClearPolitics, https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/04/24/28_million_mail-in_ballots_went_missing_in_last_four_elections_143033.html

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