While only Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Utah currently conduct all of their elections by mail, Democrats have ramped up their efforts recently to push for universal vote-by-mail for November’s Presidential Election. However, a nationwide universal vote-by-mail system would be extremely detrimental to the integrity of our elections. The presence of “out-of-date voter rolls, undue influence over voters, foreign interference through counterfeit ballots, [and] ballot harvesting through unscrupulous parties” would weaken an already susceptible form of voting.
As President Trump noted in a Rose Garden Press Conference on Tuesday:
You’ll have tremendous fraud if you do these mail-in ballots. Now, absentee ballots are okay, because absentee ballots — you have to get applications. You have to go through a process. If I’m here and I vote in Florida, you get an absentee ballot, but you have to go through a process. Absentee ballots are great.
So what is the difference between absentee ballots and universal vote-by-mail?
RNLA Vice Chair Joanne Young explains:
Traditional absentee voting is where eligible voters can request to have their ballots delivered to them by mail as an alternative to voting in-person. All 50 states provide for some form of absentee voting, and 17 states require voters to provide an excuse, such as severe illness or disability, to qualify for an absentee ballot.
Universal vote-by-mail, or all-mail voting, is instead essentially compulsory vote-by-mail. In-person voting options are made extremely inconvenient. Every eligible voter is automatically sent his or her ballot in the mail, whether or not the voter actually wanted to vote by mail.
Democrats and the mainstream media repeatedly push the narrative that absentee voting and universal vote-by-mail are the same – contributing even more to the confusion that voters are experiencing due to last-minute changes to election protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the past, conservatives and liberals alike have agreed that in-person voting is necessary to keep certain groups from being disenfranchised. However, Democrats have reversed course because it is politically expedient for them, with little regard for the voting rights of Americans.