President Trump made many heads in the mainstream media explode when he suggested we should delay the November elections until people could vote securely and safely. In the same tweet the president knocked mail-in ballots as ripe for fraud.
Whether or not Trump was serious about delaying the elections or just putting his thumb in some people’s eyes isn’t clear, but Americans are very clear on the subject. According to a Rasmussen poll, only 18% of Americans think the elections should be delayed if COVID-19 remains a threat.
As for mail-in ballots, we’re not so sure. In April, 64% of likely voters were in favor of mail-in ballots during the pandemic, but that number has fallen to just 53%. On the other side, 41% are against the process. While potential voter fraud is one area of concern, it’s not the only issue. People on both sides of the aisle are worried about another aspect of mail-in voting, the U.S. Post Office.
With tens of millions of ballots set to be mailed out, officials of all stripes are concerned about lost, mis-delivered, and generally delayed ballots that could stretch the elections out for days if not weeks.
“The ability of the U.S.P.S. to function knows no party, you can’t tell if the ballot is Republican or Democrat when it’s in an envelope. We believe this is a bipartisan issue of great concern.”
The concern is well-grounded. Voting, which determines who governs us and how our money is spent, is one of the most important things we can do as citizens. Would you entrust the Postal Service with one of your most valued possessions?