The last thing America needed to see were legal actions by teams representing the Republicans challenging the election results on November 3, 2020.
Regrettably this is going to happen due to the record number of mail-in ballots - estimated at 63.9 million - according to the U.S. Elections Project.
The best - and safest - way to have stopped these emerging court battles was by encouraging voting in person - not by mail.
It was therefore disturbing to see the Washington Post giving the following advice to its readers in a window headed: "Election 2020: What to know"
Find out the rules in your state. Some states have already started sending out mail ballots; see how to make sure yours counts. Absentee and mail ballots are two terms for the same thing, mostly used interchangeably. Barring a landslide, we may not have a result in the presidential election on Nov. 3.
This panel was prominently positioned below a Washington Post article dated August 17th headlined: "State officials rush to shore up confidence in Nov. 3 election as voters express new fears about mail voting".
The article itself contained the following statements:
- Absentee voting has become so common that in 34 states and the District, any voter can ask for an absentee ballot, even if the voter is physically able to vote in person on Election Day, a practice called "no-excuse absentee voting."
- As the use of absentee voting evolved, election officials began referring to the practice with other terms, such as "advanced ballots," "mailed ballots," "vote-by-mail ballots" and "mail ballots," according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
- Some states prefer to call it "mail-in voting" rather than "absentee voting," because voters will be mailed a ballot regardless of whether they are in town or "absent" from their polling precinct on Election Day.
- Why are there so many terms? It's a result of a decentralized election administration system in the United States, in which each state sets its own rules on how to conduct elections, experts say. And each state's rules and regulations around absentee voting vary.
The advice was grossly misleading and it was popping up all over the internet:
"Absentee voting": Requiring the voter to expressly request ballot papers be posted to him-was very different from:
"mail–in voting": The unsolicited mail out of ballot papers addressed to individual voters where they may no longer live or may be deceased-easily capable of being harvested and illegally completed.
Voter fraud can also occur in the case of absentee voting.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton's Testimony before the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on June 3, 2020 gave these examples:
In 2019, an Oakland County clerk outside Detroit, Michigan was charged with illegally altering 193 absentee ballots. A Minneapolis, Minnesota man was charged with helping 13 others falsify absentee ballots ahead of the 2018 election. In 2017, a Dallas County, Texas man was convicted after 700 mail-in ballots were witnessed and signed by a fictitious person. And recently in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race, a scheme was run to steal 1,200 absentee ballots and fill them out, in a race that was decided by only 900 votes.
A 2019 Gallup poll found only 4 in 10 Americans expressed confidence in the honesty of elections in the country - while 6 did not.
After what is going to transpire in the courts now - the number of distrustful voters is certain to be increased
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