In the latest move of his quest to ensure election integrity, President Donald Trump released a statement on the America First Policy Institute’s report titled “The Case Against Mass Mail-In Ballots.” Trump has consistently criticized the practice of mail-in voting before and after the 2020 presidential election.
Trump published the statement following the AFPI’s report highlighting the various reasons behind why mail-in voting should not be practiced.
According to the AFPI report, mail-in voting has been practiced for decades. However, voters were required to have a valid reason to not vote in person. Therefore, most mail-in ballots were sent by U.S. service members overseas and Americans with disabilities that could not physically go to the polls.
President Donald Trump has been a vocal critic of mail-in voting, arguing that it has the potential to create election fraud (Image – AP)
However, several states began mail-in voting for convenience purposes. Oregon implemented a “no excuse needed” mail-in model that sent every voter a ballot by default, regardless of whether or not they planned to vote in person.
Now, eight states – California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington conduct universal mail-in elections. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed this legislation just days after surviving the recall against him in September.
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington conduct universal mail-in voting with their elections.
According to the report, election law requires local and state officials to verify a voter’s eligibility before mailing them an absentee ballot. Moreover, voters must request to vote absentee in order for a ballot to be sent to them. Those who apply to vote absentee must also provide proof of identification.
The America First Policy Institute’s Center for Election Integrity noted that the absentee election rules were swiftly changed shortly before the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania under the guise of Covid-19.
In these three states, every individual on a voter roll, regardless of whether they requested a ballot or not, received a live ballot through the United States Postal Service. Ballots were to be dropped off in drop boxes, which typically had little to no security presence. Thus, all obstacles to prevent illegally cast election ballots were stripped.
Firefighters extinguished flames from a ballot box after an arsonist set ballots on fire in Baldwin Park, California in October 2020.