Sunday on “Full Court Press,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said to host Greta van Susteren vote-by-mail will be in the next coronavirus legislation.
Pelosi stated, “Well, let me say a couple of things. First of all, I’m proud of our state of California. Jerry Brown, when he left, scores of billions of dollars of surplus. That’s all gone because of the virus. That’s all gone because of the virus. So, to those who make that charge about, ‘oh, they had problems before,’ it has nothing to do with that. This is strict, what are your outlays for the coronavirus?
What is your revenue loss for the coronavirus? That’s what has the support of Republican and Democratic governors across the country. It’s sternly solely about this. It has nothing to do with anything else in the budget of the governors. We will come, and our bill also has funding for a vote by mail, which we think is essential and supported by Republicans. They like voting by mail. They have more of a habit of voting by mail.”
Van Susteren questioned, “How our vote by mail and absentee voting different?”
Pelosi stated, “This is connected to COVID for the reason that we are attempting to keep people indoor, vote at home and the rest, vote by mail does one thing—I was a previous chair of the California party, and our goal was to remove all obstacles to participation.”
She included, “This is a chance to remove hindrances of the participation by asking governing bodies to deliver a ballot to registered voters by having same-day registration, by having sufficient polling areas for those who desire or require in person but to lower the figures of citizens who will collect in such places on election day.
We had some elections coming up soon. In the state of Wisconsin, they had many COVID cases that were immediately traced to people having to stand in line for a long time to vote, so this is not only the health of our democracy commits the health of our people. It makes the argument, there are states like Oregon that have had a vote by mail for many years, and they claim success, and it certainly pleases the people there.”