US Election Woes over Mail-in Voting

US Election Woes over Mail-in Voting, by Brent Johnson.

All of New Jersey’s approximately 6.2 million registered voters will receive mail-in ballots to vote in November’s election in an effort to protect the state during the coronavirus pandemic, under an executive order Gov. Phil Murphy signed Friday.

Murphy said the Garden State will have a “hybrid” election Nov. 3, with mostly mail-in voting but a select number of in-person polling locations across the state.

The move comes despite President Donald Trump amping up his opposition to universal mail-in voting while he vies for re-election in November and as some county officials in New Jersey have said they’re against such a move.

It also comes amid uncertainty and concern over how the U.S. Postal Service will handle election season. It was revealed later Friday that the agency has sent New Jersey and other states a warning letter that it can’t guarantee all mail-in ballots will be delivered in time to be counted. …

New Jersey is one of four states, plus Washington, D.C., to announce they will proactively mail ballots to voters before the election this year. …

Trump and other Republicans have railed against allowing widespread mail-in voting in November, warning it could lead to fraud and delayed results.

USPS Removes Mailboxes, Shuts Down Letter-Sorting Machines As Mail-In Voting Nears, by Mary Papenfuss.

The U.S. Postal Service removed mail collection boxes in at least three states and is eliminating automatic letter-sorting machines that speed delivery ahead of an expected surge of mail-in ballots in the Nov. 3 elections.

As the Postal Service began to dismantle its own process for speedy mail delivery, it sent a letter to 46 states warning that voters could be disenfranchised because their mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to make vote deadlines, The Washington Post reported Friday. Some states are quickly moving up deadlines, forcing voters to request or cast ballots sooner. …

Trump has already declared the Nov. 3 election the “most corrupt” in American history because of the anticipated wide use of mail-in ballots, even before any votes have been cast. …

“We have an underfunded state and local election system and a deliberate slowdown in the Postal Service,” Wendy Fields, the executive director of the nonpartisan Democracy Initiative, told The New York Times last month. Trump is “deliberately orchestrating suppression and using the Post Office as a tool to do it,” she said.

What could possibly go wrong? Will the election losers declare they were robbed? Will this provide an excuse for neither side to concede after the election?

I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this issue.