You Don’t Have to Take Trump’s Word to See Mail-In Voting Is Rife with Fraud

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Eric Eggers
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9 April 2020
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National News
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continues to call for another round of stimulus to help mitigate COVID-19 related damage to the US economy. But as her previous efforts demonstrate, Pelosi’s prescription to “save” the country might do irreparable harm to American democracy.
In addition to giveaways for climate change, labor unions and student loan forgiveness advocates, the bill contained several election-related measures that would fundamentally change the methods and security of the way our country votes.
Buried on page 643 of the original bill was the “American Coronavirus/COVID–19 Election Safety and Security” or ACCESS Act. It included funds for states to conduct elections via mail-in ballots during a declared national emergency, and would permit voters to return absentee ballots by designating another person to return the ballot to the post office or other ballot drop-off location, including an election office.
Given public warnings to avoid public places and gatherings such as traditional polling stations, the push to expand mail-in balloting makes sense. But it is also true that mail-in ballots are highly susceptible to fraudulent interference and tampering. In fact, Donald Trump closed his press conference last Friday by stating his opposition to national mail-in balloting because “I think a lot of people cheat.”
Here, the President enjoys broad agreement. Elections officials from all political stripes acknowledge that mail-in ballots are far more vulnerable to fraud....
... But Speaker Pelosi’s renewed calls for an expanded federal response to address the growing impact of the COVID-19 virus suggest she may try again....