This election year is unique. Because of the virus, many voters may prefer to vote by mail rather than risk their health by going to the polls. Mail-in and absentee ballots are not ordinarily a factor in national elections, but this year they could prove decisive. Election rules are governed by state law. And in the seven swing states there are laws that mail-in ballots, even though postmarked prior to November 3, if received by the election authorities after November 3, will be ignored. Polls show that many of these states will go blue if all the votes are fairly counted, but that they could readily go red if most of the mail-in vote is not. And the Post Office warns that many mail-in votes will not arrive in time. … [Read more...] about Voting by mail: Are we really playing with fire?
Meanwhile, the critics who had sued shifted their focus. They challenged the new system, which includes touchscreen machines that print a paper ballot with a human-readable summary and a barcode that is read by a scanner to tally the votes. They argue it has many of the same security vulnerabilities as the old system and that voters can’t be sure that the barcode read by the scanner accurately reflects their selections. … [Read more...] about Georgia says new voting system on track, critics skeptical
States should start counting absentee ballots before election day to avoid concerns about election night confusion and weeks of litigation. For example, in keeping with its authority to regulate federal election procedures entrusted to it not by the state constitution, but by Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, the Pennsylvania House recently passed legislation allowing officials to start counting absentee ballots days before the election. This fix could have helped prevent Pennsylvania’s long delayed June primary results, but the Democratic governor has suspiciously promised to veto the bill while seeking to usurp greater and potentially unconstitutional control over the process. Finally, voters who plan to vote absentee should take personal responsibility and apply for and return their ballots quickly. … [Read more...] about Universal mail-in voting jeopardizes the equal right to vote, but absentee voting protects it
While the state accepted more than 900 ballots on Tuesday, the votes won’t be tabulated until closer to the Nov. 3 election. The ballots will be among the first wave of votes recorded when initial counts are released after polls close on Election Night. … [Read more...] about Hundreds of ballots accepted as N. Carolina begins voting
There are few more egregious examples of attempted voter suppression than Harris County — Houston — Texas, where the county clerk, a Democrat, was planning to send absentee ballot information and applications to registered voters. These aren't ballots — just how and when to apply for one. On Aug. 31, the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit to block sending absentee ballot applications to registered voters, charging that it was an effort to "manipulate the integrity of the election" and “enable non-citizens to vote." … [Read more...] about Trump’s fear and loathing of voting by mail in the age of COVID