The mail-in ballot thing is driving people crazy. Or rather, President Trump is using it to drive people crazy.
Trump said that a massive shift to mail-in voting in the November presidential election could cause so many problems that we might have to re-do the election. He cited the potential for widespread fraud, which is something that hasn’t been documented in states that regularly use mail-in ballots.
Is he using it to bring attention to a potential problem or to torment his opponents? Maybe both. It’s certainly getting people’s attention.
Trump has said repeatedly and without evidence that a shift to universal mail-in voting – something most states have not proposed doing – will lead to fraud in the Nov. 3 election, when he faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden who currently holds a substantial lead in public opinion polls.
Trump does not have the authority to reschedule an election. A national election “re-do” has never occurred in the more than 200 years the U.S. has held elections, including during the Civil War, the Great Depression and two world wars.
It’s hard to square the President’s statements with the fact he votes by mail… unless it’s more of a PR campaign to send his opponents into hysterics than a genuine concern. Still, on the face of it, mailing ballots would appear to open the door for more fraud than in-person voting, and there is that matter of the post office, which hasn’t been terribly efficient for a long time, handling an additional 30 million piece of mail.