Vote-by-Mail Must Never Be Implemented
Now that the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic is full-fledged, many politicians and government officials across the U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. In the last four elections, over 28 million absentee ballots went missing. That number means 1 in 5 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.
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 6 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 nauseum. Minorities need ID’s 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.
Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical