Trump threatens to hold up federal funds for Michigan, Nevada if they opt for mail-in voting
Ø On Wednesday, President Donald Trump threatened to hold up federal funds for states that are trying to ease voting method. The threat is specifically for Michigan and Nevada, the Democratic-led states pursuing mail-in voting.
Ø CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends mail-in voting as a safe option during a pandemic.
Ø Trump, however, has repeatedly rejected this voting method, claiming - without evidence – that mailed ballots would result in widespread fraud.
Ø On Wednesday, Trump first targeted Michigan with a false tweet that Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s would send ballots. After criticism from Democrats in Michigan that the state is sending applications, not actual ballots, Trump corrected his tweet. “This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!” the tweet read.
Ø Trump made a similar tweet for Nevada, which has sent ballots to the voters June 9 state primary.
Ø It is not clear if Trump has the authority to withhold funds from the states as elections are run by state and local governments.
Ø Later in the day, Trump told reporters that he had a talk with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and now there may not be any need of a funding cut.
Ø Trump gave no threats to the Republican-dominated states that are using the same voting method as Michigan.
The GOP ready to trade lives for votes to secure the 2020 election
This seems yet another attempt at voter suppression from the White House. To understand this, let’s examine what the GOP justification is for trying to suppress mail-in voting.
The GOP has been quick to defend this move as a means to protect our elections from voter fraud. Trump cited a 2012 Pew Research article, concerning voter records that show that some 24 million Americans are inaccurately registered or their registration is no longer valid (for reasons such as their death). He used this study, in part, as justification for opposing mail-in votes. However, this is nothing but a bold attempt at misinformation. It would seem the GOP counts on their base to not fact-check this assertion, and probably rightly so as their base seems to have taken it as fact.
In truth, the study had nothing to do with voter fraud but was instead a research piece on our antiquated records keeping in the U.S. and our need to move to more modern, electronic registration systems. More damning, David Becker, the director of the very same Pew study, said on Twitter, “We found millions of out of date registration records due to people moving or dying, but found no evidence that voter fraud resulted.”
Has the GOP yet again innocently misunderstood a fairly straightforward research paper? Or is something else at play? Let’s look at some other possibilities.
Trump himself Tweeted, “Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to statewide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.”
Well, we’ve cleared up the issue of voter fraud already regarding the fake narrative about the Pew study. So, removing that from the Tweet leaves us simply with the complaint that mail-in voting leaves an advantage to the Democrats. Now, that could be forgiven on some level. Politics has never been fair. The GOP is simply using an excuse to keep hostile voters from voting. However, a Standford study has shown that mail-in voting
Wait, what? “Another attempt at voter suppression”? When was the last time? There is a huge difference between voter suppression and ensuring election security, and Democrats seem to only care about the latter when it is their seats in danger of being lost. They seem to appreciate how illegal aliens vote for them, how poor people and prisoners vote for them, and how dead people in Chicago somehow magically vote for them. But So if Trump says one word about Voter ID laws and updating our system, it's somehow racist. In reality, Democrats oppose these common sense laws because they know full well that creating a more just voting system is not in their political interest.
The Pew Research study is important to this case and shouldn’t be cast aside. The fact that 24 million voting records are inaccurate should create some hesitation as Democrats plan to push for a mail-in ballot system. 24 million is a staggering number, and implementing a mail-in ballot system before we fix the records would mean 24 million illegitimate votes would be sent into the world to be used by anyone who intercepts them.
In response to your quote, here’s one from Eric Eggers, research director of the Government Accountability Institute, “You’ve got these paid political machines whose job it is to manipulate or to capitalize on those errors … the other problem I’d have is another part that was mandated in the Democrat-version of the stimulus bill which would be the legalization of … national ballot harvesting …”
Of course voter fraud ALWAYS benefits Democrats, why? Because illegal immigrants and criminals vote for Democrats ten times more often than Republicans, and (somehow, magically) Republicans have historically been the victim of voter fraud tactics.
It seems incredible to me that it is so hard to agree on so simple an issue as this. Our elections need to be more secure, right? We agree on that? The only way to fix this is to hold off on Mail-in ballots for now, until the system is more secure and we have a national Voter ID system.
Democrats tried their best to rig 2016, so why on Earth should we trust them with 2020
The Associated Press report that we analysts pulled from for this piece was headlined “Trump threatens funds for states easing voting in pandemic.”
I feel safe categorizing this headline as irresponsible journalism, not because it’s factually incorrect, but because it implies that the pandemic is reason enough for states to want to ease voting and it’s wrong to argue otherwise. A real headline would be “Trump threatens funds for states easing voting regulations.”
The AP article “explains” how Trump has made unsupported claims that mail-in voting promotes illegal activity, and proceeds to treat the President like a child with unsubstantiated and crazy ideas about the wonderful God-given blessing that is mail-in voting. Sure, it’s easy to pick on Trump, but let’s not forget that he doesn’t exist within a vacuum, and there are much more credible and intellectual conservatives who agree with the President 100%, and watching these journalists treat him like an old fool really highlights the trap the Left has set for themselves once Trump is gone.
Either way, Trump isn’t wrong about mail-in ballots. According to a Pew Research study, “Approximately 24 million voter registrations in the United States—one of every eight—are no longer valid or have significant inaccuracies … “ This means mail-in ballots would be sent to 24 million ineligible/nonexistent voters, which is a significant enough number to sway the election in dramatic terms. It would be supremely irresponsible to mandate mail-in ballots before we can accurately account for each voting citizen without sending ballots to people who may be dead, moved, or otherwise ineligible. That’s just common sense I would think, right?
Mail-in ballots also allow for dangerous practices such as ballot harvesting which should be given no place in a real democratic election. Seeing as how Democrats launched a two-year smear campaign to falsely indicate that Republicans interfered in the 2016 election, I am much less willing to trust them with instituting an entirely new election system for 2020. They have proven that for the moment, they will do anything, even usurping the rule and spirit of the law, to defeat Trump.
A mail-in ballot is not a carte blanche for any person who merely exists in the united states to vote. Just as Trump was wrong when he tweeted that Whitmer was sending out Ballots for widespread mail in voting, when in actuality she was sending out applications, you need an approved application to vote in person or by mail. The same standards that we are required to meet to participate in our right to vote at a polling station is the same you will need to meet to mail in vote.
Christ, Trump even participated in mail in voting back in March during the Florida primary. He says its because he’s “allowed to”. No way, genius; so is every American citizen unless their insecure and power hungry president decides to threaten their quality of life if they do.
What surprises me is that, if mail in voting is not a secure system, and we are in the middle of a deadly pandemic, would it not be in the best interest of the GOP to invest in widespread measures to enable secure mail-in voting? You could hire people to drive to every voter’s house and make sure they are who they say and that they signed the ballot themselves before giving it to the mailman. That would be working to ensure the right to vote, and a free and fair democracy. But having a gut reaction to block millions of people from voting and not even desiring to invest in securing the system seems careless, callous, and most of all, extremely lazy.
Free and fair elections are the bench-mark of any democratic society. When you refuse to invest in better ways of voting, you refuse democracy. When you threaten states who do wish to invest in a safe and fair way for it’s citizens to vote, you attack democracy. When you force people to congregate in mass gatherings during a plague out break or lose their right to vote, you become the wind and rain that erodes the foundation of democracy.