In the aftermath of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the adjustments our lives have had to make in this new normal, there are many concerns over how the general election in November will go.
Obviously, the most pressing is that our nation will experience a massive resurgence of the virus, causing many deaths, after well visit the polls in person. However, staying at home and away from others offers its own concerns and problems, as many states are beginning to find out.
The Democratically-ran state of Michigan is one of the latest to realize the problems that the proposed mail-in voting system could generate.
As you have likely heard, the state of Michigan has been one of the hardest hit by the virus, and not just because there were quite a few cases found within its borders. Instead, the most damage to the state has been done by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who decided to shut everything down and enforce some of the strictest shut-down orders in the country.
As a result, the state’s economy has been driven to near collapse, and its unemployment rates are some of the highest recorded since the Great Depression.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Michigan leadership has been pushing for statewide mail-in voting both for its primaries, which took place on Tuesday, and the upcoming general election. And as Michiganders are still trying to just get by and stay out Gov. Whitmer’s line of sight, it’s no wonder that they will acquiesce to her demands.
However, things didn’t really go as planned on Tuesday.
Firstly, it was noted that many of the absentee ballots requested by voters were never received. Why? Well, the state is still unsure.
But, secondly, and most importantly, it seems that, in their efforts to make sure ballots were received on time, voters still had to travel outside of their home after all.
Obviously, having the ballots received both by the voters themselves, and the post office or election officials is of the utmost importance. Votes that are received late are immediately disqualified and trashed.
Election officials in the state decided that the only way to ensure the ballots were returned with the specified timeframe was to have voters physically submit them to certain drop boxes. So in an effort to avoid the spread of COVID, Michiganders were forced to vote by mail but then leave their home to go to a specified location in person with hundreds of other voters.
Yeah, makes sense to me… not.
And Michigan is just the most recent state to have problems. There are many, many more.
Take Nevada, for instance.
As the Free Beacon reports, the largest county in the state, where Las Vegas and subsequently 75 percent of the entire state’s population resides, over one-sixth of all mailed ballots were never received. That’s more 200,000 votes simply not counted.
According to the outlet’s discussion with Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity group, “more than 223,000 of the ballots were sent to outdated addresses, leading the postal service to designate them as ‘undeliverable.’ The undeliverable ballots accounted for 17 percent of all ballots mailed to registered voters.”
PILF noted that states like Washington and Oregon, who have great success with mail-in voting and have for years, do so because they are “notably aggressive” about maintaining current voter information. As people get married, change their names, die, move, etc., these details are noted and updated in their voter lists.
However, states like Nevada and nearly every other state, aren’t known for their attention to details in these matters. And so they are vastly unprepared for mail-in voting en masse as has been proposed.
It is what caused over 500,000 ballots in Virginia to be returned with wrong addresses. And why South Carolina ballots somehow made their way to Maryland. And it’s also why it has taken six weeks and a judicial decree to figure out the results of the New York primary, where, according to the New York Post, one in four votes were disqualified for some reason or another.
And, don’t even get me started on all the ways fraud could happen with mail-in voting.
I mean, the problems and reasons why mail-in voting shouldn’t be an option for the November election are astronomical at best.