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Mail-In Voting Is What Voters Desire And Need

August 13, 2020


This August, as Wisconsin conducted primary elections for the fall balloting, many voters did the same as this blogger and household.   We requested an absentee ballot and cast our vote via the mail.  I know many have already requested through their local clerk a presidential ballot, too, once they are available.

I looked at the latest Pew Research Survey released today which shows that 49% of voters think it will be difficult to vote this fall given the pandemic.

Voters who support Donald Trump are far more likely than those who support Joe Biden to say it will be easy to vote this year. However, the shares of both Trump and Biden supporters who expect it will be easy to vote are much lower than the shares of voters who said this in 2018 – regardless of which party’s candidate they supported.

There also are stark differences between Trump and Biden supporters about how they prefer to vote. Most registered voters who support Trump or lean toward supporting him would rather vote in person in the presidential election (80%), either on Election Day (60%) or earlier (20%); only 17% prefer to vote by mail. By contrast, a majority of voters who support or lean toward supporting Biden say their preference is to vote by mail in the presidential election (58%).

I can plainly state my regret over losing the decades-long tradition of going to the polls and casting my vote in-person.  There is a nostalgic Americanism that comes with that ritual.  But there is also data, facts, and medical reasoning why such actions can not be done safely now as COVID-19 marches about, and so mail voting is the most effective and practical way to fulfill our responsibilities as citizens.

The men and women who do work the polls on Election Day would surely like to have voters do their duty,  but in ways to make their lives safer, too.  Therefore the way for voters to act is to look up your local election rules, request an absentee ballot by mail as soon as possible, and then send it back as soon as possible.

The rush factor is due to Donald Trump and his Republican allies who will do whatever it takes to mess with the election and steal it if possible.  We know the backstory to this current undermining of our republic all too well.

First, we have the Postal Service making it known they need more resources so to ensure that ballots are mailed to voters and then sent to the local election officials in a timely fashion.  That legitimate issue is one that we can deal with.  Right?

Well, not so fast, dear readers.

Secondly, we now have a staunch Trump supporter who has taken over the reins at the Postal Service and is doing everything possible to undermine an efficient process for the election.  He has undertaken cost-cutting measures now, at the most ridiculous of times.  Not only with an election approaching but also during a pandemic when it is vital that meds are able to be delivered.  Add in the up-side-down timing of the cuts when online shopping creates some economic bounce that must not be impeded.

It is clear what is afoot.

The partisan stench can be detected nationwide.  To add the icing to this GOP created mess Trump is making it clear he will block any funds Congress wants to give the Postal Service to help it manage the election.  Even though his own treasury secretary and White House chief Of staff were negotiating with congress for those very same funds!

Trump has lied and maligned voting by mail for months and continuously attempts to discredit a method of voting that has not created corrupted outcomes.  If Trump actually wanted to fix a system that he thinks is broken–though the facts do not support his words–would it not then follow he should work to provide the funds through the congressional process?

The reason Trump is creating lies and working to undermine the faith of the citizenry about our institutions is that he knows the words from Alexander Hamilton are very accurate.

“This process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of President will seldom fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”

This nation fell once to Trump, and it will not happen a second time if we do our civic duty.  And that is why Trump is outraged over voting by mail.

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