Many states pushing to expand mail-in voting amid pandemic

Election voting is changing in the United States.

The coronavirus pandemic and public health concerns are pushing officials in many states to expand mail-in voting.

Joshua Ang Price is an election commissioner in Arkansas.

“We are figuring out to ramp up our absentee ballots process, enhance it so to speak. We have a different set of training for poll workers at the poll and poll workers that only process absentees, so we’re gonna make sure we train extra staff to process the absentee ballots.”

But President Donald Trump who is hoping to hold onto his top job after November elections continues to attack the practice.

On Tuesday morning on Twitter, focusing on California’s decision to encourage people to vote by mail — Trump said it will lead to a rigged election.

That charge, political analyst Cheryl Quinio Blodgett said, is unfounded and contradicts the president’s own action. President Trump voted by mail in Florida.

“He’s also looking at this as a voter suppression tactic and this pandemic currently presents a mechanism where voter suppression can happen.”

“The incident of fraud with absentee ballot is really nil. In the time that I’ve been an election commissioner, we’ve never seen it happen, not one time. Speaking to some of my colleagues that have worked here 10 plus years, said they’ve never seen it. So really that concern that there’s gonna be a lot of fraud and this is not a secure system, is really unfounded.”

Five states, including Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington, already conduct their elections by mail.

29 states and Washington D.C. give voters the option to vote by mail no excuse needed, while 16 other states ask voters to provide an excuse.

But some are easing that requirement.

A Texas judge recently ruled that all registered voters in the state should be allowed to request and use mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“62 percent of registered voters support vote by mail and this is even before the pandemic. 42 percent of registered Republicans support vote by mail and 83 percent of Democrats support vote by mail.”

Among independent voters, according to a Fox News poll released Monday, 60 percent support the practice.

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  • Mario
    27 May 2020 at 11:58 am - Reply

    MAIL-IN BALLOTS is another way to win the Presidential election, for the Democrat… Illegal Alien can vote, all DEAD voters can be registered, easy to copy and print the ballots and just print any names and drop the ballots into the mailbox. TRUMP wants voters to go to the polling places and vote. Once TRUMP wins and controls the Congress and Senate, VOTERS ID will be passed, it is hard anymore to cheat.

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