The Real Problems with Universal Mail-in Voting

Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud

Posted on Sep 4, 2020

If you have tuned into the news at all this week you will have seen the fake news media’s latest “bombshell.” The deranged left wing press is falsely claiming that President Trump has encouraged his supporters to vote twice; yet  he was merely reinforcing the fact that universal mail-in voting could lead to hundreds of thousands of votes not being counted, and that voters mailing in their votes should verify they are.

From Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany at yesterday’s White House press briefing:

“The President does not condone unlawful voting. The President’s been very clear about this. Once again, not surprised the media’s taking the President out of context.”

“In 2016, before we tried this entire new system of mass mail-out voting, 319,000 votes were not counted that were cast by mail. 319,000 in an election that came down, really, to 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. That’s untenable and hundreds of thousands more will not be counted with the Democrats’ fraudulent mass mail-out voting system.”

“Take it from Jimmy Carter, who said in 2005 as part of a bipartisan commission, ‘absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.’ So what Democrats want you to do is say ‘trust us, but don’t verify, don’t verify that your vote’s been counted.’ This President’s trying to enfranchise Americans, which is exactly what he’s been saying.”

Today, the Wall Street Journal reinforced President Trump’s concerns. According to the  Wall Street Journal:

“Speaking in North Carolina on Wednesday, Mr. Trump told his supporters to mail an absentee ballot, by all means. But he added that they should “check their vote,” by trying to cast a ballot at the polls on Election Day, to see if they’re marked down already. “If their system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote,” he said. “If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote.”

The press treated this as a bombshell, saying Mr. Trump had urged his fans to commit fraud by illegally voting twice. For the record, we’d discourage anyone from taking Mr. Trump’s advice. North Carolina’s Board of Elections put out a statement Thursday saying voters can find out from home whether their mail ballots have arrived. Checking at the polls “is not necessary, and it would lead to longer lines and the possibility of spreading COVID-19.”

If mail voting is as secure as everyone seems to want desperately to believe, though, isn’t Mr. Trump correct to say that two-timers would be turned away? The system should be able to handle such a test as routine. Instead the President’s suggestion was treated like an attack on democracy. “It’s like advising someone to try to rob a bank to see if the security is as good as the bank says it is,” Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon told CNN.

The President isn’t suggesting that Americans commit voter fraud, that is ludicrous; the press, as they notoriously do, took his comments out of context. Americans, however, should be paying attention to the real statistics on universal mail-in ballots.

Across the country, there are countless cases of ballots being lost, sent to individuals who moved away or died. Look no further than New York, where we are still waiting on results 45 days after Election Day. The Board of Elections announced over 84,000 mail-in ballots – 26% of them – were disqualified. Half a million incorrect absentee ballot applications were sent all across the state of Virginia, including to many dead people. Universal vote-by- mail would be a disaster of epic proportions and threaten our nation’s Election integrity.