Anytime Democrats get involved with how an election is conducted, you should be scratching your head wondering what their motive is.
Take mail-in voting for example.
Democrats would like to see mass amounts of ballots mailed unsecurely to voters.
And if you ask any questions about how this may create opportunities for fraud, you’re deemed a “vote suppressor.”
Just take a look at this tweet Obama sent out recently about mail-in voting:
The insinuation in his tweet being that Republicans don't want to let people vote.
Which is completely absurd!
Republicans simply want to ensure that elections are secure and that votes are accurately totaled with little or no fraud.
Here's more details from the Hill on Obama's tweet:
Former President Barack Obama on Monday said voting by mail shouldn't be a partisan issue and that every voter should have a chance to do it, especially given the coronavirus crisis.
“Voting by mail shouldn’t be a partisan issue — especially during a pandemic,” Obama tweeted. “Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election.”
Obama also shared a link to an NPR article about voting by mail that said the issue had become politically charged as Republicans and particularly President Trump fought against it.
Most states have expanded opportunities to vote absentee in light of the pandemic, with many removing or relaxing excuse requirements. But voting by mail has come under partisan fire from President Trump and his allies. In Texas, Republicans are engaged in court battles to ensure absentee voting is not expanded to able-bodied people under 65.
Some Republicans have worried the President’s rhetoric may turn away potential Republican voters, including elderly voters, a traditionally conservative demographic that may feel uncomfortable voting in person. In states like Florida, Republicans have run many successful vote-by-mail campaigns.
Democrats, including Obama, have touted mail-in voting as a public safety measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the polls and a way to encourage voting among vulnerable populations.
Check out the latest on mail-in voting from Twitter:
Republicans are right to have their concerns about mass mail-in voting.
Just read this story from NBC where California recently tossed over 100,000 mail-in ballots:
More than 100,000 mail-in ballots were rejected by California election officials during the March presidential primary, according to data obtained by The Associated Press that highlights a glaring gap in the state’s effort to ensure every vote is counted.
With the coronavirus pandemic raging, California is part of a growing number of states increasing mail-in balloting to avoid crowds at polling places. President Donald Trump is among those questioning the integrity of vote-by-mail elections while supporters say they are just as reliable as polling places and offer greater flexibility for voters.
But while polling places include workers who can assist people who have questions about filling out ballots, a voter doesn’t have support at home and so problems can arise.
The California secretary of state’s election data obtained by the AP showed 102,428 mail-in ballots were disqualified in the state’s 58 counties, about 1.5% of the nearly 7 million mail-in ballots returned. That percentage is the highest in a primary since 2014, and the overall number is the highest in a statewide election since 2010.
Two years ago, the national average of rejected mail ballots in the general election was about 1.4% and in the 2016 presidential election year it was 1%, according to a U.S. Election Assistance Commission study.
The most common problem, by far, in California was missing the deadline for the ballot to be mailed and arrive. To count in the election, ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three days afterward. Statewide, 70,330 ballots missed those marks.
Another 27,525 either didn’t have a signature, or the signature didn’t match the one on record for the voter.
Kim Alexander, president of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation that seeks to improve elections, called the uncounted figure discouraging.
“The only thing worse than people not voting is people attempting to vote and having their ballot uncounted,” she said. The tally of nullified votes “can make a difference in a close contest.”
How is everyone's voice being heard if it's that simple for the state to toss your ballot?
And in case you've been hearing a lot of Democrats recently claiming that mail-in voting and absentee voting are the same thing, just know that they are not.
Watch Ohio's Lt. Governor explain the difference between mail-in voting and absentee voting right here: