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The media has made no effort, that we have seen, to explain the differences in voting by mail. Thus, people are unable to have an intelligent discussion on the topic, which is the first step in intelligent decision making.
According to the Brookings Institute, “There are two kinds of mail balloting systems. Some states have what are called universal “vote by mail” in which states mail ballots to all voters. In most states, however, vote by mail is through absentee balloting in which the voter must request an absentee ballot… “ https://www.brookings.edu/policy2020/votervital/how-does-vote-by-mail-work-and-does-it-increase-election-fraud/
Trump on voting by mail: “Again, absentee good, universal mail-in very bad.” (August 13, 2020) https://youtu.be/6o0-gJy-eyI
It’s clear that mailing ballots to all voters will result in many being sent to places where the voter no longer lives, and many will end up in trash cans. And, yes, it is possible that when ballots arrive, people will look in the garbage for blank ballots.
Absentee means that people request them, and give an updated address.
According to White House Deputy Press Secretary, Judd Deere, “The President supports absentee voting, not universal mail-in voting…” as reported by CNN and NBC news, but not reflected in their titles, which seem to conflate absentee and universal mail-in. Is this by laziness, ignorance or design?
The need for witnesses and/or a notary for absentee voting may be a bigger health danger than in-person voting, depending. The notary involves a fee, which may be steep. Republicans should benefit from no witness absentee because of older voters, who would be at risk with either witnesses or walk-in voting.
Rhode Island explains that signing the ballot-security envelope is enough:
Rhode Island “dropped a rule that required a voter to have two witnesses or a notary affirm an absentee ballot. A federal court allowed this change, but the national Republican Party would like the Supreme Court to intervene and stop it…” Rhode Island secretary of state Nellie Gorbea says “the witness requirement is unnecessary because the real security of the mail ballot is the signature itself and the verification process of the signature on that application process. So when you apply for a mail ballot in Rhode Island, your signature on that application is verified at the local level… So that is the real security of the mail ballot system. It is not who the witnesses are, who we don’t actually know who they are, or even the notary public.” https://www.npr.org/2020/08/12/901592077/republicans-ask-supreme-court-to-intervene-in-mail-in-ballot-dispute
There is also the need for no excuse absentee:
“There are two kinds of mail balloting systems. Some states have what are called universal “vote by mail” in which states mail ballots to all voters. In most states, however, vote by mail is through absentee balloting in which the voter must request an absentee ballot… In states that allow absentee mail balloting, the voter writes, calls, or goes online to request an absentee ballot from their local election authority. In some places, voters need an excuse for the absentee ballot such as being sick or out of the state on Election Day. In other places, voters do not need to have a specific reason for the absentee ballot…” https://www.brookings.edu/policy2020/votervital/how-does-vote-by-mail-work-and-does-it-increase-election-fraud/
Regarding looking in garbage: “When a person puts their trash out, if it’s on public property you can seize that trash and make a search of it“, https://www.npr.org/2019/12/08/781640364/can-a-computer-catch-a-spy. “Operation Tamarisk was a Cold War-era operation run by the military intelligence services of the U.S., U.K., and France through their military liaison missions in East Germany, that gathered discarded paper, letters, and garbage from Soviet trash bins and military maneuvers, including used toilet paper.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Tamarisk
“President Trump requests mail-in ballot for upcoming Florida primary, despite rhetoric” by Hannah Morse Palm Beach Post-USA Today 7.38 pm August 13, updated August 14, 2020 https://web.archive.org/web/20200817075439/https://usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/08/13/trump-requests-mail-ballot-florida-primary-despite-rhetoric/3371605001/
“Trump and first lady request mail-in ballots despite attacks”
By Kevin Liptak, Abby Phillip and Devan Cole, CNN
Updated 0317 GMT (1117 HKT) August 14, 2020 https://web.archive.org/web/20200814051437/https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/13/politics/donald-trump-melania-florida-mail-in-ballot/index.html
“Amid criticism over mail-in voting, Trump requests absentee ballot
The request allows Trump and the first lady to vote remotely as Palm Beach County, Florida, residents“. August 14, 2020 https://web.archive.org/web/20200814073209/https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/amid-criticism-over-mail-voting-trump-requests-absentee-ballot-n1236714
Only if Pelosi and Schumer are willing to pass a Postal bailout stand-alone bill (with the bailout and only the bailout), can anyone believe that they are acting in good faith. Recall that they refused an interim unemployment compromise bill, and then complained that Trump took money for the unemployed from FEMA. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/08/02/u-s-senators-mcsally-collins-romney-tried-to-get-a-few-months-or-even-a-week-mcsally-extension-of-the-supplemental-unemployment-insurance-but-pelosi-schumer-refused/
Within the HR 6800 bill are apportionment topics, which is a blatant attempt by Pelosi and Schumer to protect their seats of power, such as counting foreign students, because California and New York are the two states getting the most foreign students. If you read this article, it will clarify a major reason why the US has leaders which don’t reflect the will of most Americans: https://cis.org/Report/Impact-Legal-and-Illegal-Immigration-Apportionment-Seats-US-House-Representatives-2020
Please look through the over 1800 pages and almost $3.5 trillion of Pelosi’s HR 6800 and decide the truth for yourself, rather than listening to the media: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6800/text. See if you, personally, want to pay for these items through a substantial increase in your taxes, no matter how poor you are, and even taxes on your social security pension. Also, decide if you approve of other items stuffed into this enormous bill. If the US government is forced into bankruptcy- structural adjustment there will likely be zero social security, zero welfare benefits.
Trump is telling the truth that a large part of the dispute is an over $1 trillion bailout of already indebted state and local governments stuffed into the $3.5 trillion. In 2019, Federal receipts were $3.5 trillion https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/2019-11/55824-CBO-MBR-FY19.pdf. State and local revenues were (page 8) $2.8 trillion or more https://apps.bea.gov/scb/2020/04-april/pdf/0420-government-receipts-expenditures.pdf
Not at all…I want the Post Office to run properly but, which makes sense, they would need a lot more money if they are going to be taking in tens of millions of ballots… and so they need additional financial help. It’s a part of the bill [deal] that the Democrats don’t want to make because they want a trillion -much bigger part of the bill- they want a trillion dollars to go to states that are run by governors, who happen to be “Democrats” who have not done a good job for many, many years and those are states that owe a lot of money and need a lot of money and they’re talking about $1 trillion, so the Post Office and the $3 1/2 billion for the votes themselves, which sounds like a lot of money that they are looking for…
Again, absentee good, universal mail-in very bad.
Question: Given that the negotiations are still ongoing… [why not put more resources and money yourself …]”
THE PRESIDENT: They can do it very easily. All that they have to do is make a deal. If they make a deal the postal service is taken care of, mail in ballots would be taken care of, if we agree to it… but all they have to do is make a deal. But again, more important to them is not that, that’s a lot of money but it’s small time compared to the other.. What they want to do, and very strongly what they want to do is to bail out cities that are run by Democrats and have been for many years and these cities and states have done very badly and they desperately need money for that and we’re open to something but we’re not open to the kind of money they need.”
The CEO-Presidents and/or owners and/or control has recently changed for many media outlets, such as Gannett-USA Today, CNN, NYT, Twitter.
Notorious hedge fund-activist investor Paul Singer-Elliott investment previously took aim at CNNs new CEO, Stankey, as explained here: “AT&T C.E.O. to Stay Another Year After Challenge From Activist Fund
By Edmund Lee Published Oct. 28, 2019 Updated Oct. 29, 2019. The investment group had also taken aim at John Stankey, the head of WarnerMedia whose elevation to chief operating officer of AT&T this month put him in line to succeed Mr. Stephenson… Of the likelihood that Mr. Stankey will succeed him, Mr. Stephenson said, “If he executes on this plan over the coming years, he obviously has to be one of the primary candidates on the list.” https://web.archive.org/web/20200618233139/https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/business/dealbook/att-earnings-elliott-management.html
Singer also threatened Dorsey:
“Twitter and activist investor agree on truce to keep Jack Dorsey as chief”