• Postal Collusion? Dems’ Mail-in Voting Scheme Hardly Same as Absentee Ballots

    Surge Summary: Contrary to what the Democrats are claiming, their “mail-in voting” scam is not the same thing as the current provisions made for absentee-ballot voting. The former is primed for egregious abuse and would likely overwhelm the already staggering U.S. Postal System.

    by Gary Bauer

    We’ve gone from Trump/Russia collusion to Trump/Post Office collusion.  I don’t know if this is progress or evidence of the left sinking deeper into insanity.

    There is a huge difference between mail-in voting and absentee voting. Absentee voting has been going on for decades.  It works well, and it has a paper trial. You request the ballot. It is matched to the voter rolls. When the coded envelope is returned, it can be matched to the voter who requested it.

    Mail-in balloting has no paper trail.  State officials automatically send ballots to every name on the voter registration list.  Those lists are poorly maintained in many states.  (Hereherehere and here.)

    One reason for that is that the left aggressively fights every effort to clean up the voter rolls as “voter suppression.”  There are thousands of dead people on the registration lists, and many voters move to other states every year.

    A major 2008 study by CalTech and MIT recommended that “on-demand absentee voting” or mail-in voting be abolished or severely restricted.  Not surprisingly, Democrats have relentlessly pushed to expand mail-in voting.

    Meanwhile, the Post Office is warning that a mishmash of state laws regarding various deadlines to return mailed ballots is unworkable.  The Washington Post adds that there are “More than 60 lawsuits in at least two dozen states over the mechanics of mail-in voting,” which will undoubtedly add to the confusion.

    How committed are the Democrats to making mail-in cheating as easy as possible?  Only a handful of states currently rely on mail-in voting, and they have been doing it for several years.  They have a functioning system in place.

    But now Democrats are using the pandemic to demand radical election changes nationwide.  Many liberal governors are using executive orders to force this change.

    For example, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced last week that everyone in New Jersey will be mailed a ballot.  If you show up to vote in person, you will be allowed to cast a “provisional ballot,” meaning it will only be counted after the state has determined you did not vote by mail or if the in-person votes could change the results of the mail-in votes.

    New Jersey Democrats have decided that any mail-in vote postmarked before Election Day will be counted.  Every mail-in vote whose postmark cannot be read will be counted.  Every mail-in vote that does not have a postmark will be counted.  What could possibly go wrong?

    This is very simple.  Anybody who believes in fairness and good government wants to make sure that the person who votes is who they claim to be.  That’s why some states have enacted voter ID laws.  You want to ensure that the voter is a U.S. citizen.  You want to ensure that the voter actually lives in the state he’s voting in.  And that they only vote once.

    But the Democrats and their left-wing allies are committed to making sure that it is almost impossible to determine these things.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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