Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 21 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 4/19/20

Vote-by-Mail Could Cost Dems the Election

By       (Page 1 of 3 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   No comments
Author 1833
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Greg Palast
Become a Fan
  (68 fans)

From Smirking Chimp

The Voting Is Closed!
The Voting Is Closed!
(Image by YouTube, Channel: LSanimate 123)
  Details   DMCA

I get it: We all must vote by mail -- or we die. There is really no other safe choice.

But there is much to fear, especially for minority and young voters, with a switch to all-mail voting -- unless our broken absentee ballot system is fixed.

Here's what the "Go Postal" crowd doesn't tell you: In 2016, 512,696 mail-in ballots -- over half a million -- were simply rejected, not counted. That's official, from the federal Elections Assistance Commission (EAC).

But that's just the tip of the ballot-berg of uncounted mail-in votes. A study by MIT, Losing Votes by Mail, puts the total loss of mail-in votes at a breathtaking 22%.

Move to 80% mail-in voting and 25 million will lose their vote.

And not just anyone's mail-in ballots are dumped in the electoral trashcan. Overwhelmingly, those junked are ballots mailed by poorer, younger, non-white Americans.

Senator Amy Klobuchar's proposed bill takes baby steps to expanding vote-by-mail protection but will barely bite into the 22% loss of votes especially among minorities.

Columbia Law professor Barbara Arnwine, founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, says that a move to mail-in voting is, "really, really dangerous to the Black vote." Millions of low-income voters who rarely vote absentee will now have fill out multi-step forms for the first time, which, "will lead to disaster," says Arnwine.

Vote by mail is not as simple as "pick and lick" -- picking candidates and licking the envelope.

Eight states, including the swing states of Wisconsin, North Carolina and Klobuchar's Minnesota, require mail-in voters to have the ballot signed by a witness. The required double-verification is a nightmare -- it requires breaking the lock-down -- and is an invitation to ballot challenges.

Three states, including swing state Missouri, require the ballot to be notarized. (Alabama requires a notary or two witnesses.)

All but six states "verify" your signature against your registration signature. Partisan officials decide if there is a "match." No less than 141,000 ballots were rejected as "unmatched" in 2016.

Why? To prevent vote fraud, someone stealing your ballot and voting in your name. President Trump warns, "Mail ballots are very dangerous for this country because of cheaters."

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Greg Palast Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Greg Palast's investigative reports appear in Rolling Stone, the Guardian and on BBC Television. His latest film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, on how Donald Trump stole the 2016 election, is available on Amazon. Palast is Patron of the Trinity (more...)
 
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

UAW Files Charges Against Romney for Auto Bail-Out Profiteering

Placebo Ballots: Stealing California From Bernie Using an Old GOP Vote-Snatching Trick

Aaron Swartz Died For Piers Morgan's Sins

TrumpCare dies, XL flies -- and the secret winner is...

The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis

GREECE'D: We Voted 'No' to slavery, but 'Yes' to our chains

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: