Mail-in voting in large numbers proves problematic

Posted 24 August 2020 at 8:17 am


In regard to Tami Martin’s letter, there are four states that are mail-in voting only: Colorado, Hawaii, Utah and Oregon. These four have either been traditionally “blue” or are tending left since mail in voting has been implemented. Coincidence?

In addition, in the recent Presidential Primary, there were more than 550,000 votes rejected (over 80,000 from NY) compared to 319,000 in the previous Presidential Primary. According to the left leaning NPR, the vast majority of these rejections were due to first time mail-in voter mistakes. 550,000 votes not counted due to simple mistakes. If there are mistakes at the polling booth, the ballot is rejected right then and there, giving the voter the opportunity to correct it.

Also according to NPR research, “The numbers compiled by NPR are almost certainly an underestimate since not all states have made the information on rejected mail-in ballots available” and “has raised alarms about what might happen in November when tens of millions of more voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail, many for the first time.”

“Election experts said first-time absentee voters are much more likely to make the kinds of mistakes that lead to rejected ballots,” NPR said. “Studies also show that voters of color and young voters are more likely than others to have their ballots not count.”

In addition, a study by Rob Griffin of FAR left UCLA  and the partisan Democracy Fund reveals, “If something goes wrong with any of this, that’s a problem writ large, but it’s also going to be one that hits some populations of the United States a bit harder than others, potentially disenfranchises different groups of folks at higher rates.”

Given the above – all of which come from strong supporters of the left, I submit that an all-mail vote disenfranchises minorities, increases rejected ballots, and increases the chance for fraud. The election is 71 days away from the date of this writing. How will the post office spend the $25 billion it has been awarded to ensure a secure ballot handling process in 71 short days? Thinking that it can is unrealistic.

Bob Harker