Ex-President Barack Obama chimed in to address a pivotal issue today: voting by mail.
The former commander-in-chief took to Twitter and posted: “Voting by mail shouldn’t be a partisan issue — especially during a pandemic. Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election.” That was linked with a report from NPR titled, “Why is voting by mail (suddenly) controversial? Here’s what you need to know.” Plus he added, “Get registered and find out how you can vote by mail.”
Get registered and find out how you can vote by mail at https://t.co/JQJjdF7JxM.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 13, 2020
President Donald Trump takes the opposite stance. “We’re not going to destroy this country by allowing things like that to happen. We’re not destroying our country,” Trump declared. “This has more to do with fairness and honesty and, really, our country itself.”
“These harvesters picking up ballots don’t have to show an ID, they don’t have to be a citizen, and they don’t have to be eligible to vote,” U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., ranking member of the Committee on House Administration, wrote in a recent op-ed. “You expect Americans to believe that having someone who can’t vote picking up ballots won’t invite fraud in our elections?”
U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned last month mass mail-in voting “absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud.” Barr told, “Those things are delivered into mailboxes. They can be taken out. There’s questions about whether or not it even denies a secret ballot, because a lot of the states have you signing the outside of the envelope. So, the person who opens — person who opens the envelope will know how people voted.”
Plus he added, “There’s no — right now, a foreign country could print up tens of thousands of counterfeit ballots, and [it would] be very hard for us to detect which was the right and which was the wrong ballot. So, I think it can — it can upset and undercut the confidence in the integrity of our elections. If anything, we should tighten them up right now.” This shaping up to be a key battle for the 2020 election.