As President Donald Trump warns of the perils of mail-in voting and the potential for fraud, a number of swing states that will be crucial to his 2020 re-election efforts already allow mail-in voting, according to a report from the Washington Examiner.
In fact, all the most important swing states allow various forms of mail-in voting, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina.
Trump has said that mail-in voting has a “tremendous potential for fraud,” as Democrats take advantage of the coronavirus crises to push for it and even suggest doing the 2020 election in November entirely by mail.
Dr. Anthony Fauci even seems to be on the side of mail-in voting, saying over the weekend that he can’t guarantee it will be completely safe to vote in person at the polls in November.
Mail-in voting by state
In Pennsylvania and Michigan, registered voters can request a mail-in ballot for any reason until the Tuesday before the election, but the ballot must be received by a certain time on election day for it to be counted, the Examiner reported. Michigan does allow ballot harvesting, in which election officials can return the ballot on the voter’s behalf.
Wisconsin has similar rules, but allowed ballots to be returned a week later for the recent primary because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Examiner said. And in Arizona, lawsuits are in process over who can return a ballot. About 80% of voters in Arizona now receive mail-in ballots.
In Florida, ballot harvesting is in full force, but for now, Republicans are still winning many elections there.
Fraud more likely with mail-in voting
Some experts who favor mail-in voting argue that voter fraud overall is very rare, while others acknowledge that mail-in voting does have a greater tendency for fraud when it does exist.
“Where we see fraud, we tend to see it in absentee voting,” Lonna Atkeson political science professor at the University of New Mexico Lonna Atkeson said, The Hill reported. She noted that some fraud can be detected when voters have to physically show up at the polls.
In addition, she pointed to the 2018 North Carolina House election involving Mark Harris, where a contractor on his campaign was involved in an absentee vote scheme that led to a special election being held to resolve the potential fraud.
Leftist billionaire George Soros has been pushing for mail-in voting through several of his political action committees and through the Brennan Center for Justice, which Soros heavily funds.
It’s safe to say that if Soros is pushing hard for mail-in voting, he thinks there will be a benefit for the left and Democrats, whose candidates he has spent hundreds of millions of dollars supporting in recent elections.