Vote by mail. Democrats love it. Republicans don’t trust it. As the 2020 presidential election draws closer and closer, the battle between the two warring parties over mail-in voting becomes fiercer and fiercer.
For example, over at The Most Trusted Name in News™ on Tuesday, CNN host Brianna Keilar duked it out with Trump campaign advisor Mercedes Schlapp over the potential for massive voter fraud.
Keilar being Keilar, she insisted vote-by-mail fraud is “statistically insignificant,” with which Schlapp disagreed. Before it was over, Keilar reduced herself to declaring: “You’re just saying a bunch of crap!”
CNN's Brianna Keilar is finally over it with Mercedes Schlapp:
"This is just pointless, okay. This is pointless. I get it, you’re just saying a bunch of crap. Okay. You’re saying a bunch of crap….we're taking about voting in a pandemic…" pic.twitter.com/kEO2McWZgK
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 4, 2020
The verbal fisticuffs focused in part on “ballot harvesting” in Nevada, with Schlapp accusing the state legislature of changing the law to allow voters to cast ballots up to three days after election day. (Actually, the law allows ballots postmarked by election day to be counted for up to one week after the election, but Schlapp’s position was well-taken.)
That was Tuesday, now is now.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday, Nevada sent more than 200,00o primary ballots to wrong addresses. As WFB noted, the incorrect mail-in ballots were sent to outdated addresses in the state’s largest county, according to a new watchdog report.
In the report, the Public Interest Legal Foundation said it reviewed 1.3 million mail-in ballots Nevada’s Clark County sent during the June primary. 223,000 of the ballots were sent to outdated addresses, leading the postal service to designate them as “undeliverable.”
Nearly 75 percent of Nevada’s total population resides in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.
PILF’s president and general counsel J. Christian warned:
“These numbers show how vote-by-mail fails. New proponents of mail balloting don’t often understand how it actually works.”
He added that, while some states have had better results, “Nevada, New York, and others are not and will not be ready for November.”
Among those most opposed to mail-in voting is President Donald Trump. On Monday, he threatened to sue Nevada over the new law.
In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court! https://t.co/cNSPINgCY7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2020
On Tuesday, Trump and the Republican National Committee followed through, suing Nevada over expanding mail-in voting.
The lawsuit, filed by the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee, and the Nevada Republican Party, said, in part:
“The RNC has a vital interest in protecting the ability of Republican voters to cast, and Republican candidates to receive, effective votes in Nevada elections and elsewhere.”
In a Wednesday statement, Nevada State Democrat Party Chair William McCurdy predictably called the lawsuit a “sham.”
“As states fill the void of Trump’s leadership and begin to step up to the challenge of protecting both voters’ health and their constitutional right to vote, Trump and Republicans are throwing a fit. That is because Trump does not want to hear from the people, he knows what they will say.”
Sham or no sham, Dan Kulin, a spokesman for Clark county, tried his best to put lipstick on the incorrect-ballots pig in a statement to WFB.
“The addresses that we used were provided by the voters when they registered. If they no longer reside at the address they provided to us, then we would expect that mail to be returned to us, which is what happened.”
So we’re to believe that all 223,000 people who incorrectly received primary ballots promptly returned those ballots — because of civic duty, no doubt — to the post office? Uh-huh, sure they did.
Moreover, based on Kulin’s response, (Republican) voters in November should not only rest assured that incorrectly-mailed ballots will not be illegally filled out and returned by nefarious characters (Democrat voters), but also that voters who don’t receive their ballots by mail will then show up at the polls and vote? [Serious eye roll.]
Here’s a better idea:
No mail-in voting. Show up, with proper ID, and vote. Problem solved.