The mail-in voting system for the US Presidential election in November 2020 has recently been a topic of debate between the Republicans and the Democrats. The democrats strongly want to execute it, using the fear of the coronavirus as a weapon, while the Republicans strongly oppose the execution, worrying about the potential fraudulent activities associated with the mail-in ballots to manipulate the results.
According to Attorney General William Barr, people who are trying to change the methodology of the voting system ahead of November are playing with fire.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the host pointed out that several states — Colorado, Utah, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington — already executed the mail-in vote for the primary.
In response, Barr said that the US is a closely divided country, and people have to have confidence in the legitimacy of the government. The people trying to change the rules of this methodology, which is completely vulnerable to fraud and coercion, are playing with fire.
This particular debate regarding the mail-in voting system started just two months before the Presidential election of the nation, as some citizens prefer the mail-in voting to the in-person polls, so as to avoid a crowd amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In CNN’s interview, Barr took reference of a 2005 report from the Commission of Elections, chaired by then-President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, who stated that the mail-in vote is likely to increase the potential risks of fraud in some states.
Blitzer countered that there have been a number of investigations done on this subject, but none of them have been able to prove anything about the fraud.
Blitzer then corrected the sentence with “widespread fraud”, to which Barr countered by pointing out the fact that the US hasn’t had any widespread use of mail-in ballots before. Both Trump and Barr support absentee ballots, but strongly oppose the idea of mail-in ballots being sent to all registered voters in the United States.
Those on the side of mail-in voting say that it is a safer option. They call on Congress to provide more aid to the almost bankrupt US Postal Service, in addition to the $10 billion provided by the US Treasury in July. The main objective of providing more aid to the Postal Department is to ensure that they would be able to carry out a successful election by mail, despite the financial challenges.
Those against the idea of mail-in voting like President Donald Trump, have expressed concerns on social media about the potential frauds associated with the mail-in voting system and the ability of the USPS to safely deliver hundreds of millions of ballots on time.
A top Democratic operative recently admitted the fact that voter fraud, specifically with mail-in ballots, truly exists. He added that he knows it from personal experience, as he has been doing it on a large scale for a long time.
The political insider, who has preferred to keep his name private due to fear of prosecution, stated that fraud is more the rule rather than exception. His fraudulent voting strategies included the municipal and federal elections in cities like Paterson, Atlantic City, Camden, Newark, Hoboken, and Hudson County. His work can also be found in local legislative, mayoral, and congressional races across the Garden State. The Post reviewed some of the crucial campaign records, and found that some significant names and office owners in New Jersey took benefit from his election frauds.