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The push for mail-in-ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic could solve the public health issue, but will likely trigger other problems, according to The Bloomberg Quint.
The tens of millions of mailed-in ballots could result in a long period of time before we find out who had won the election.
It could take days, or even weeks. With that drafty period there will likely be charges of cheating, lawsuits and demands for recounts.
Voting by mail is legal in 34 states and counting, and election experts say that the number of mail-in ballots could dramatically increase.
Lawyer Marc Elias said, “I think that’s a real problem in this country in good times, but it poses a critical problem in November.”
Wendy Weiser said, “A lot of these hurdles that might not make sense or might be unfair haven’t been questioned because that wasn’t the primary method people were using to vote.”
Elias is now suing in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin to get those states to count any ballot that is postmarked by Election Day.
Experts say that even if the laws remain unchanged, absentee voting rules are open enough that millions more Americans could vote by mail if they choose.
Pat Pieper, a 59-year-old retiree living in Tenasket, Washington said, “Signature verification is not a good way to verify your identity,” she said. “It gives them absolute power to reject your ballot.”
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That would be the biggest shift in voting since the 25th Amendment gave 18-year-olds the vote in 1971. Trump is leading the Republican opposition to mail-in ballots with false claims that vote-by-mail is riddled with Democratic-led fraud and would ensure that “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” Democrats are pressing states to make absentee voting easier, clashing with Republican lawmakers and in some cases suing to try to force the issue. The more serious problem may come when it’s time to count ballots. State laws also vary wildly. Some 31 states must verify the signature on the ballot envelope with one on file. Six states and the District of Columbia require a signature but don’t check it. Eight states require a witness sign the ballot as well. Three states require the ballot be notarized. Arkansas requires a copy of the voter’s ID, while Alabama requires a copy of the voter’s ID and a signature from two witnesses or a notary public. And only 19 states require election workers notify voters of a ballot rejection and give them a chance to fix the problem. Typically, about 1% of mail-in ballots are rejected for not arriving on time, missing a signature, or mismatching signatures, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. In 2016, when just under a quarter of voters mailed in ballots, that added up to more than 318,000 ballots that were thrown out. And while Trump has claimed that vote-by-mail favors Democrats, there is strong evidence that the counting process disadvantages their base. Mail-in ballots by young people, blacks and Hispanics are rejected at far higher rates than for older, white voters. If Trump won a key state on Election Day, Democrats would likely sue, claiming that those voters were unfairly rejected and agitating for a recount, turning a cursive signature into the 21st century version of a hanging chad.
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