The Orange One is starting to sound a little desperate about his standing in the polls (ie, way behind Joe Biden). All his blabbering about mail-in ballot fraud is utterly unfounded. At least it is here in Colorado, where mail-in voting has been in place since 2013.
How it works here:
I’m a registered Unaffiliated voter so both the Democratic and Republican ballots are mailed to me a month or so before the election. If I’m concerned that I’m not getting my ballot in a timely manner, I can check my file online to see if it has been mailed.
Of the two ballots I receive, I choose the one I want to use, check the appropriate candidates’ names, and seal it in the special enclosed envelope. (If I were to send in both, neither would be counted.) I sign the envelope and that signature can be checked against the one in my file.
I then drive to the nearest special ballot dropbox and that’s it. (Neat drive-by boxes set out on the edge of a large parking lot and lit brightly at night with solar-powered lights.) I could stamp it and send it in via US Mail but I think there’s far less chance of error, loss, or misdirection if I put it in the ballot box and eliminate the middle man. Also, I could deliver it directly to the county clerk’s office. Or I could go to a polling center and vote the old fashioned way. Or I could get an absentee ballot.
When my ballot is counted, I receive an email notification. Or I can check my online voting file anytime to see if it’s been counted.
The only downside in the system is that if I return my ballot too quickly, say several weeks before election day, something could happen to make me wish I’d voted differently. A candidate dies, a scandal is exposed, etc. But other than that, it’s a wonderful, easy, secure system. It makes it easy for people like me to vote. I’ve not forgotten years ago in other states having to stand in long lines to vote in person at the polls. I’ve always voted. Never missed an election. But it would be difficult for me to stand in long lines now.
I do question whether states that have never used mail-in ballots could implement a secure, smoothly operating system between now and November 3. But it’s a goal worth pursuing for subsequent elections. Meanwhile, they should take the greatest care to ensure absolute integrity in whatever system is currently in place.
There must be no question about Biden’s winning the election honestly. Trump will undoubtedly contest a losing result and may well put on quite a show of refusing to leave the White House. Imagine his own federal goon squads being assigned to remove him.
November 3. I can hardly wait. Make sure you are properly registered and vote. I firmly believe that defeating Trump is vital to the nation’s welfare.