Loads of Democrats fear over mail-in voting disasters
Fairly than blasting President Trump for voicing fears of election fraud, Democrats should be shifting to safe the vote. Trump’s language could also be (as normal) excessive, however the prospect of widespread screwups and, sure, corruption is actual — and even some Democrats are apprehensive.
At Tuesday’s debate, Trump railed in opposition to balloting already underway, calling it “fraud.” He’s additionally made particular allegations, generally with out proof, corresponding to that ballots are being “dumped in rivers.”
Such remarks, the obsessively anti-Trump Gadget Clock fees, intention “to erode belief” and are “probably the most direct risk to the electoral course of since 1788.” The Washington Publish has accused Trump of “disinformation.”
But loads of previous elections had been marred by fraud. The Publish not too long ago quoted a Democratic insider who admitted fixing mail-in ballots, on a big scale, for years. Simply days in the past, a web-based video confirmed what seemed to be “ballot-harvesting” in Minnesota.
And with many states increasing mail-in voting this yr, the chance of important glitches is excessive. Brooklyn alone has already seen greater than 100,000 incorrect mail-in ballots despatched out.
Which is why some Democrats are apprehensive and advising New Yorkers to keep away from mail-in voting altogether if they will. Metropolis Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, a staunch progressive, says folks already don’t “belief” officers to “depend the poll proper.” Noting the “rampant incompetence,” metropolis Comptroller Scott Stringer factors to the “protected different: voting early and voting in particular person.” The top of the state Senate’s elections committee urges, “For the security of your vote, higher to vote in particular person.”
Thursday, state Senate Republicans provided laws “to safe the integrity of the voting course of.” The Democrats who run the state ought to go alongside.
Officers, right here and in Congress, have a transparent obligation to chop down on the confusion and instill confidence. Guarantee the method is easy, clear, well-vetted — and freed from snafus like in Brooklyn. The stakes are too excessive to screw this up.
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