Voting By Mail is Not New or Uncommon. Not By a Long Shot.

The coronavirus and economic recession that will certainly follow are two big crises facing this nation today, but there is an even bigger potential crisis looming ahead … the November 3rd election. We simply MUST have no-excuse absentee voting for ALL in EVERY state … it is the only way to ensure a fair and honest election, one where every eligible voter will be able to vote without risking their life and without being turned away at the polls. Our friend TokyoSand has written a post on this subject that is well worth reading, so please do! Thank you, TokyoSand!

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Oh, the GOP can be so predictable.

They’ve made it very clear that they suppress the vote because lower turnout helps ensure that Republicans win. They have enacted thousands of voter suppression tactics all over the country and then turn right around and say that it is all about keeping elections “safe.” Please.

Now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, when being very strict about social distancing is helping to flatten the curve, it makes perfect sense that all voters should be given the opportunity to vote by mail. And suddenly, right on cue, the Republicans are starting to talk about what a “disaster” voting by mail would be. The president went so far as to say voting by mail is “corrupt” with lots of “fraud,” even though–and this will come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention–the president himself just voted by…

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9 thoughts on “Voting By Mail is Not New or Uncommon. Not By a Long Shot.

  1. I have had to do this for over 20 years, and have occasionally had my state where I vote absentee until I retire from the Navy screw up my chances to vote absentee.

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    • I’ve done it only for the past three elections, but it is so painless … no getting dressed, no driving, no waiting in line, no hassle over an ID … I cannot imagine any good reason why it shouldn’t be a no-brainer. Oh yeah … there’s the fact that if we make it too easy, we might just vote the madman out of office!

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  2. Voting By Mail should, no must, be made available in every state before this November! There can be little, actually no, doubt that Trump and the GOP will do everything legally within and illegally without of their collective powers to prevent this from happening. We the People need to demand and do everything that can be done to bring this to fruition, else we will be facing the end of that which has already begun! Thank-you TokyoSand for this excellent post. Thank-you Jill for sharing with those of your followers who don’t follow TokyoSand.

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    • You know I agree with you, but our government is doing exactly NOTHING to make it happen! With just over six months to go, you’d think they would be working overtime trying to ensure that each and every one of us is able to cast a ballot, coronavirus or not … but they are NOT. In fact, Trump is determined to ensure that the entire election is naught but another act in his circus. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  3. thanks for sharing such an informative post. I agree, it’s a no-brainer. Everyone should have the ability to vote by mail. I would think it would significantly increase voter turnout, which is a good thing.

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  4. I read the post. I think that we need to have vote by mail and some form of electronic voting as a backup, at the very least. I used to be skeptical of both and don’t think either form of voting is perfect…after all, I’m not one who likes to put faith in the proper delivery of my ballot in the hands of the USPS (they once got an absentee ballot to me late and damaged), and I have skepticism about the security of elections conducted online. That being said, we live in imperfect times, so having backups that prevent mass spreading of a pandemic are best.

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    • Well, it pays to be skeptical in this day and age. Here in Ohio, we have had ‘no excuse absentee voting’ for quite some time, and it works very well. I’ve used it for the last 3 elections and feel quite comfortable with it. I don’t think I would have the same level of comfort with online voting, though, due to the proven ability of both foreign and domestic agents to hack into almost anything online. I can see massive problems securing the ballots. Sigh. But, as you say, we are going to have to accept some slight risk, for it is critical that every eligible voter be able to cast a ballot this November, else we are going to lose something very precious … our nation, our freedom. Sigh.

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      • Thanks for sharing, Jill. I’m glad that no excuse absentee voting works so well, though I can also see why you feel less comfortable with electronic voting. Regardless, it’s (as you said) important that people can exercise their right to vote without risking their lives.

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