It was bound to happen. Just about anyone with half a brain could – and did – recognize the myriad issues that seemed certain to come with mass mail-in voting. Sure enough, all the things Liberty Nation warned against came to pass, along with a couple we didn’t foresee. The primary process has served as a handy test for the vote-by-mail idea, and – so far – it has revealed both technical catastrophes and intentional fraud. On top of all that, evidently, some ballots might not get delivered due to an issue with the mail. Really, who didn’t see at least some of this coming?
Neither Snow nor Rain …
The United States Postal Service (USPS, or, more commonly, just “the mail”) is dealing with budget cuts and a backlog of mail that’s going nowhere fast. Now add to the confusion the massive increase in ballots that have to be delivered – twice: once to the voter and once again after it has been filled out. Is it any surprise that a USPS memo detailing budget cuts to employees revealed that some packages and letters are being left at the distribution centers so that carriers can make their route times?
According to the memo, “we will address root causes of these delays and adjust the very next day.” Fox News reviewed the postal service and was assured that mail-in ballots wouldn’t be compromised. But the delays are real – Fox sent a test package that has been in limbo for the last five weeks after being routed through the Chicago processing center. Of course, the postal service doesn’t want people to think that ballots won’t be delivered – but how can they guarantee that the various setbacks won’t befall the mail-in ballots as well?
So snow, rain, heat, and gloom of night are all fine and well, but a cut in funding certainly seems to stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. And that’s bad news for voters, even when the carrier doesn’t refuse to pick up the ballots, as was the case, evidently, in New Jersey.
If You or a Loved One Have Suffered From Identity Theft …
Speaking of New Jersey, the Democrat-led Garden State has had both massive failures of the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) and actual fraud. The system has reportedly crashed several times per day. Thousands of ballots were received but not counted; thousands more were disqualified because the signatures didn’t match, and of the ballots that were counted, not all of them were legitimate. Ramona Javier told NBC that she was recorded as voting, but she had not. “We did not receive vote-by-mail ballots, and thus we did not vote,” she said. After being shown a list of people who allegedly voted, Javier pointed out eight relatives and close neighbors who have officially voted according to the list but insist they didn’t. Like Javier, they didn’t even get their ballots to begin with. “This is corruption. This is fraud,” Javier said – and she’s right.
Then there are the voters seen carrying multiple ballots, the postman in West Virginia who admitted to altering ballots, the more than 100,000 ballots rejected in California, and the thousands of New Yorkers who showed up to vote in person because they never received a ballot – despite the fact that over 765,000 absentee ballots were mailed at the request of the aforementioned voters.
We Told Ya So
It may not be polite to say, “we told you so,” but, well, we did. On April 16 Liberty Nation’s Kelli Ballard wrote:
“The technology needed for a system to support such a thing will likely cost a fortune and take a while to work out all of the bugs. Just look at the Iowa Caucus fiasco as an example. Not having to go to the polls to cast our pick of government officials and new laws might be convenient, but how do we keep the process fair and accurate?”
Just a day later, LN’s Sarah Cowgill wrote:
“It is a huge deal. Election integrity and confidence in the voting system might prevent whichever candidate and party is on the losing side from constant cries of election fraud. California certainly isn’t the first state to be under scrutiny, nor will it be the last. But kudos for admitting there was a problem on Super Tuesday and making concerns about the problems well-known and well-documented. Mistakes happen in many cases and thank the Founding Fathers for their wisdom in the Electoral College. But opening the chicken coop to the fox by way of willy-nilly pandemic inspired policy is no way to ensure every American vote will count: Once.”
And on May 21, our Editor-in-Chief Leesa K. Donner explained that “the potential for voter fraud in the coming presidential election might rightly be considered a looming national disaster that few in the media are willing to address. The Fourth Estate seems much more interested in catching Trump in an error than it does in determining whether there is a serious problem afoot.”
This was the same day that LN’s Graham J. Noble said this:
“The latest effort by the left is to promote mail-in voting, which obviously creates the potential for election fraud on a massive scale. Just as concerning, though, is the fact that the entire electoral process, if conducted exclusively by mail, is removed from the public gaze. Elections would become virtually secret affairs – bureaucratic procedures over which the public has no say and no control. Nothing is more fair, simple, and transparent than citizens going to a polling station, producing identification, marking their ballot paper, and putting it in the box. When people who claim to be defending democracy suggest a complete overhaul of the electoral process, Americans should be afraid. They should be very afraid.”
Turns out these folks were right, each and every one of them. But will the left listen to warnings that the general election in November won’t go any differently unless America abandons the folly of the Democrats’ vote-by-mail scheme? Don’t hold your breath.
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