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Well, ain’t this a crock of crap.
She believes that vote-by-mail would be supported by the Founders in the name of ‘full participation.’
… right, because voting in the colonial times where women, poor men, slaves, Jews and Catholics weren’t even allowed to vote, was total participation.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe our Founders were supremely intelligent men and the Constitution remains to be one of my favorite documents. However, times are very different now.
For instance, in the colonial times, election days were social occasions much like a modern day barbecue. Votes were cast based on vocal signification or by standing up tall. Over time, secret paper ballots evolved into the preferred method, where colonies required the method of voting be published.
Voter fraud was alive and well, even back in the colonial times.
According to the Constitutional Rights Foundation:
Sometimes large landowners would grant temporary freeholds to landless men who then handed the deeds back after voting. Individuals were paid to vote a certain way or paid not to vote at all.
Corrupt voting officials would allow unqualified persons to vote while denying legitimate voters the right to cast their ballots.
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Intimidation and threats, even violence, were used to persuade people how to vote. Ballots were faked, purposely miscounted, “lost,” and destroyed.
But, please, go on and tell us just how bulletproof vote-by-mail is.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 3, 2020
I feel like the increased chances of voter fraud is a legitimate argument.
When fraud is your only hope of winning, you’ve already lost.
According to Breitbart:
In an interview with CBS News, Pelosi claimed that not supporting vote-by-mail is “not what our founders had in mind” and claimed that the effort would be something Democrats focus on in the next bill…
“Vote by mail is so important to … our democracy so that people have access to voting and not be deterred, especially at this time, by the admonition to stay home,” Pelosi told reporters earlier this week.
President Donald Trump rebuked Pelosi’s comments on Friday during the White House coronavirus task force briefing, saying he believes ID should be a requirement to vote in America.
“I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting,” Trump said. “I think people should vote with ID, with Voter ID.”
“The reason they don’t want voter ID is because they intend to cheat,” Trump added.
Trump also endorsed voter ID during the conference, adding that it is important for Americans to show up to the polls on Election Day.
“It should be, you go to a booth and you proudly display yourself,” Trump said. “You don’t send it in the mail where all kinds of bad things can happen.”
If you need any further solidification that vote-by-mail is a terrible idea, Hillary Clinton is vouching for nationwide mail-in elections.
Hillary Clinton? The queen of corrupt? Nice try.