There has been a concerted and coordinated push from the left for an immediate transition away from traditional in-person voting to a vote-by-mail system in all 50 states ahead of the 2020 election, ostensibly out of concern over the new coronavirus.
That effort to dramatically transform the way our nation conducts elections just received a substantial boost from former first lady Michelle Obama and her purportedly non-partisan celebrity-laden organization When We All Vote, Axios reported exclusively.
Michelle Obama supports vote-by-mail
That report indicated that Obama and her celebrity group will, for the first time ever, formally express support for federal legislation put forward by Senate Democrats that would greatly expand access to mail-in absentee ballots for everyone as well as ensure up to three weeks of in-person early voting access ahead of an election.
In a statement to Axios, the former first lady said, “There is nothing partisan about striving to live up to the promise of our country; making the democracy we all cherish more accessible; and protecting our neighbors, friends and loved ones as they participate in this cornerstone of American life.”
Valerie Jarrett, a close family friend and top adviser to former President Barack Obama, serves as the chair of the board of When We All Vote and has also joined the push to promote the nationwide vote-by-mail scheme.
“Our goal is to just try to make sure we maximize the number of citizens who can participate in that most fundamental and important responsibility,” Jarrett said, according to Axios.
The proposed legislation Obama and Jarrett and their celebrity friends are now backing is known as the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020, which was sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and supported by at least two dozen other Democratic senators.
The bill would “Ensure that voters in all states have 20 days of early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail” as well as “Guarantee that all voter registration applications submitted by mail or online” would be deemed valid up to and even including Election Day.
It would also direct states to provide access for everyone to absentee ballots in a downloadable and printable format, require states to provide self-sealing and pre-paid postage envelopes, as well as use a ballot tracking barcode on each submission, among numerous other related provisions.
Partisan issue at its core
The supposed impetus for this push for a greatly expanded vote-by-mail system is a stated concern for the health of voters who gather at the polls on Election Day — but overlooks the fact that the coronavirus situation may be substantially changed by November, or the fact that social distancing measures and increased sanitation efforts would work just fine — without overhauling the electoral system — to keep voters healthy and safe.
In reality, this vote-by-mail push has long been an agenda item for the political left that is surreptitiously being moved forward now under the guise of a global pandemic, and the reason it has been opposed by the right for just as long as it’s been supported by the left is that such a system is ripe for fraud and undermines the integrity of elections.
Michelle Obama may claim this isn’t a partisan issue, but when all of her friends are liberal and progressive Democrats, and when the legislation she supports is sponsored and endorsed solely by Democrats, and when the entire idea is a central piece of the ideological left’s agenda — it is a partisan issue that will be opposed on partisan grounds.