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The Vote-by-Mail Debate, Explained | WSJ

With the potential resurgence of the coronavirus in the fall of 2020, many are questioning how they will vote in November without jeopardizing their health. Some lawmakers are calling for universal voting by mail, while others are saying it’s not worth the risk. WSJ explains. Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP

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    What she mean about terrible mail service in some community's? It's funny every time they rank goverment employees forest rangers and postal employees rank at the top. To bad our government leaders are always at the bottom.

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    What were the conclusions of the commission led by ex-president Jimmy Carter? Are those conclusions still valid today?

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    Now you know why demigods want the US shut down till November. Fraud and corruption and Organized crime will run rapidly. In order to put a puppet with strings that they will pull. You think this shut down was hard to make it through, times that by 10.

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    Jonathan Vanboskerck

    Voting by mail allows massive fraud.

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    Democrats cheat. Ballot harvesting. No thanks.

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    We've been voting by mail in Washington State for a long time, and Oregon for even longer. Turns out it's the best way to vote, so of course some will try to block it.

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    Most voter fraud occurs in the back side of counting, not people who fill out ballots. The price for voter fraud is high, and the outcome of a single vote is low. While try to mess with votes going in when it's easier to lose ballots in droves or just gerrymander your way to fraudulent non-democratic wins.

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    Republicans wont vote for it because they only care about money and would like poor people to die while voting.

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    Fred Hampton's Ghost

    There's no election. There's only selection by the bourgeoisie.

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    alain desrumeaux

    TRUMP AND BILATERALISM – BIDEN AND MULTICULTURALIZATION: AND MIXITE?

    Article of April 11, 2020 in (old articles: right column) : https://www.penseespontaneedunjour.com/

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    Why are we even having these conversations when blockchain exists? I can't think of a better way to vote.

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    Will USPS be getting a bailout?,

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    Have polling places in parking lots. Use a big screen that tells you when your number is up. Or do drive-by. Voting.

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    Good for us lazy people

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    I doubt that fraud is rare, I will only vote IN PERSON. Not afraid of a virus with a 0.1% death rate

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    So, let's outlaw voter ID, forbid states from using signature matching, and then use mail in ballots… what could possibly go wrong?

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    There is nothing to debate… A Top Elections Lawyer: Vote-By-Mail Is "The Most Massive Fraud Scheme In American History"

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    SuperDogLover567

    The communist, er, democrat party love mail-in voting because it's so easy to cheat. That's why mail in voting favors democrats.

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    Wont happen. How about real identity so no illegals vote

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    This is the last chance the Democrats have to try and fraudently
    Steal the Presidential election. US citizen ID only…..

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    Dianna Schroeder Romero Schroeder

    DEMOCRATS do vote harvesting.. they cheat

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    Dianna Schroeder Romero Schroeder

    Heed Jimmy Carter on the Danger of Mail-In Voting ‘Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.’ By John R. Lott Jr.

    Posted By Ruth King on April 11th, 2020

    ‘Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.” That quote isn’t from President Trump, who criticized mail-in voting this week after Wisconsin Democrats tried and failed to change an election at the last minute into an exclusively mail-in affair. It’s the conclusion of the bipartisan 2005 report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker III.

    Concerns about vote-buying have a long history in the U.S. They helped drive the move to the secret ballot, which U.S. states adopted between 1888 and 1950. Secret ballots made it harder for vote buyers to monitor which candidates sellers actually voted for. Vote-buying had been pervasive; my research with Larry Kenny at the University of Florida has found that voter turnout fell by about 8% to 12% after states adopted the secret ballot.

    You wouldn’t know any of this listening to the media outcry over Mr. Trump’s remarks. “There is a lot of dishonesty going on with mail-in voting,” the president said Tuesday. In response, a CNN “fact check” declares that Mr. Trump “opened a new front in his campaign of lies about voter fraud.” A New York Times headline asserts: “Trump Is Pushing a False Argument on Vote-by-Mail Fraud.” Both claim that voter fraud is essentially nonexistent. The Carter-Baker report found otherwise.

    Intimidation and vote buying were key concerns of the commission: “Citizens who vote at home, at nursing homes, at the workplace, or in church are more susceptible to pressure, overt and subtle, or to intimidation. Vote buying schemes are far more difficult to detect when citizens vote by mail.” The report provides examples, such as the 1997 Miami mayoral election that resulted in 36 arrests for absentee-ballot fraud. The election had to be rerun, and the result was reversed.

    There are more recent cases, too. In 2017 an investigation of a Dallas City Council election found some 700 fraudulent mail-in ballots signed by the same witness using a fake name. The discovery left two council races in limbo, and the fraud was much larger than the vote differential in one of those races. The case resulted in a criminal conviction.

    It is often claimed that impossibly large numbers of people live at the same address. In 2016, 83 registered voters in San Pedro, Calif., received absentee ballots at the same small two-bedroom apartment. Prosecutors rarely pursue this type of case.

    Mail-in voting is a throwback to the dark old days of vote-buying and fraud. Because of this, many countries don’t allow absentee ballots for citizens living in their country, including Norway and Mexico. Americans deserve a more trustworthy system.

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