One of the most consuming political fights that our nation faces today revolves around the efficacy and accuracy of voting by mail.
This would not be at the forefront of the national conversation had it not been for the ongoing coronavirus crisis, and the need to protect our at-risk citizens by practicing social distancing. Standing around in a crowded polling place is just not very safe for our grandmas, grandpas, and the immunocompromised.
But there are concerns that voting by mail could lead to voter fraud – something that President Donald Trump and his administration have amplified in their statements as of late.
This has been a source of great turmoil in Washington for weeks now, but it appears as though the Democrats are beginning to rethink their situation.
Turmoil at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is causing some Democrats and local election officials to rethink their vote-by-mail strategies for November’s presidential election, shifting emphasis to drop boxes and early voting that bypass the post office.
Democratic officials who just weeks ago were touting their dominance in mail balloting during a recent rash of primaries are now cautioning supporters of presidential challenger Joe Biden to be wary. Operatives in battleground states, including Pennsylvania, are particularly concerned about ballots arriving too late to count for the Nov. 3 election.
“We are considering telling voters that if they haven’t mailed out their complete ballot by Oct. 15, don’t bother. Instead, vote in person or drop off the ballot” at an elections office, said Joe Foster, the chairman of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County, the most populous of Philadelphia’s suburban counties. “We want to make sure every vote counts.”
Democrats have been accusing President Trump of purposefully sabotaging the Postal Service in pursuit of “rigging” the 2020 election’s mail-in voting numbers.
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