Voting in person has become a health risk. The president called his armed Red-State “Army for Trump” to “go into the polls and watch very carefully,” according to NPR. With the coronavirus lurking around every breath we take, it makes a lot of sense to send our ballots in by mail. But is that safe?
If people need more proof of trying to suppress the vote, Little Don stood in a video with his gun and tweeted:
‘We need every able-bodied man, woman to join Army for Trump’s election security operation at defendyourballot.com. We need you to help us watch them. Not just on Election Day, but also during early voting and at the counting boards. President Trump is going to win. Don’t let them steal it.’
Now, the president has the coronavirus, along with his top adviser Hope Hicks and the first lady. They joined the other 7.31 million other Americans. Hopefully, they will not join the 208,845 men, women, and children who are in their graves. Voting by mail makes a lot of sense. Thus far, over 1.2 million Wisconsin voters have requested absentee ballots.
Still, POTUS has been arguing against the mail-in type of voting. He claimed that when ballots are automatically sent out, they were stolen and sold. Then, there was his story about someone throwing votes for him in the river. That seems like a variation on the-dog-ate-my-homework excuse.
Why would Trump be so against voting by mail? For one, that makes it far harder for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to hack the election and throw it to POTUS as he did in 2016. The president has not hidden his desire for Moscow’s help at all in 2020.
Three trays of mail were found in a ditch near Appleton, Wisconsin according to the state’s head election official, Thursday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office concluded “several absentee ballots” were in with the dumped mail.
The Director of the Wisconsin Elections Commission and Director of the Wisconsin Elections Commission Meagan Wolfe held a virtual news conference Tuesday. In it, she confirmed that no absentee ballots (Wisconsin) were among the find. She had no information about whether out-of-state ballots were with them. She said:
‘There was mail found outside of Appleton and that mail did not include any Wisconsin ballots.’
The White House Press Secretary of Kayleigh McEnany reported the mail was evidence of a fraudulent voting system, “a system that’s subject to fraud:”
‘In fact, in the last 24 hours, police in Greenville, Wisconsin, found mail in a ditch, and it included absentee ballots.’
During the presidential debates, Trump contended ballots had been found in creeks as reported by The USA Today. That may have been what Trump was talking about instead of a river. Tampering with the mail is a very serious crime, and now the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has the case under investigation.
But what about Trump’s attempts to suppress the mailed votes? He installed a new postmaster general this summer, who immediately went about tearing out and tearing down the rapid-sort machines, which put out 30,000 envelopes per day. People reported flatbread trucks carting off the traditional corner blue mailboxes.
Those acts appeared to be an intentional and successful attempt to throw a wrench within the mail’s efficiency. Postal workers throughout the country said what the new postmaster general did made the situation “bad” for them.
For years, the Republican legislators have tried to force the Post Office to privatize rather than operate as a government agency. These legislators made the USPS pay ahead for all of its employees’ retirement packages. No other agency had to do that. Plus, they complain the USPS is not profitable. Of course not. It was never set up that way. For example we would not expect our Army to be profitable.
The Republican Party Chair Andrew Hitt argued that athletes and mascots encouraging voters to vote sooner would amount to “electioneering.”
State Republican Party members said:
‘[H]ave warned the Milwaukee officials that it believes athletes, the Bucks mascot Bango and the Brewers’ Racing Sausages cannot be present at Fiserv Forum and Miller Park when they are used as voting sites.’
Wolfe said that simply did apply and:
‘That would be allowable.’
Twitter world went a little crazy when they found out the news about Trump’s zombie squad’s attempts at voter suppression. Take a look at some of our favorite American responses:
I have a special message for voters in Pennsylvania!
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) October 2, 2020
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