Soros-backed group demands federal funding for mail-in voting agenda

A George Soros-linked group is demanding that the federal government spend billions of dollars to make voting by mail the norm across America, Breitbart reports.

The Open Society Foundations is an international far-left funding network that was created by billionaire currency speculator George Soros. Among the recipients of its aid is the Center for American Progress, an organization that claims to promote “bold, progressive ideas.”

Leftist group pushes mail-in voting

One of the group’s current ideas revolves around expanded mail-in voting throughout the United States, something about which Danielle Root recently wrote. According to the group’s website, Root serves as “associate director of voting rights and access to justice” at the Center for American Progress.

In a piece published last week, Root called on officials at the state level to facilitate the practice and demanded that Washington provide more money to fund it — and to do so right away.

“State officials must not delay in implementing vital policies such as vote by mail and extended early voting for upcoming elections — nor must Congress delay providing additional funding in the amount of $4 billion as recommended by noted experts for states to make all necessary upgrades to election procedures and infrastructure in time for upcoming elections,” she wrote, according to Breitbart.

Root’s ostensible reason for expanding voting by mail is to mitigate the risk of coronavirus spread, contending that “lawmakers must take into account the health and safety of not just those involved in the voting process but also members of entire state populations who could be negatively affected if proper precautions are not taken.”

However, she also argued for maintaining in-person voting along with same-day registration to aid those demographic groups that “traditionally rely on in-person voting.” Examples named by Root included African Americans and people living on Indian reservations.

Republicans fear fraud

A concern ignored by Root, however, is the widespread suspicion — shared by President Donald Trump — that increasing the number of mail-in votes could give an advantage to Democrats by enabling voter fraud.

A recent Washington Post op-ed, for example, made reference to a recent study indicating that voting by mail results in a far greater number of errors. While in-person voters are also susceptible to making mistakes with their ballots, they can immediately ask for assistance in making corrections, something which can prevent inaccurate or unintended election outcomes.

The potential for fraud in his own state’s election process is a worry that the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, David Ralston, addressed last month during an interview with YouTube channel FetchYourNews.

“Could it jeopardize Republican control the House and Senate in the state?” Ralston was asked. “Could it jeopardize, you know, other races up and down the ballot in 2020?” In Ralston’s view, “the possibility of fraud is very concerning.”

“And then another concern,” he went on, “and this comes under the category of you can’t ever do too much, because now I read that, you know, members of these groups are not just [concerned] with voting by mail but they want the state to give them a stamp… Vote by mail, in my view, is not acceptable.”

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