I can’t keep up with all of the different ways Donald Trump is trying to steal the upcoming presidential election. And I can’t trace all of the ways he tries to undermine confidence in the election so he can declare himself the winner even if he loses.
At this point, Trump’s proposed election fraud plans ranged from delay the election because of Covid-19 (which he can’t do) to declare a winner by the end of election night, even if there are still votes left counted (which he cannot either). He insisted that mail-in voting increases the likelihood of Amounted to (which it doesn’t), and he, along with his partner in corruption Bill Barr, has urged Trump voters to do so vote twice (which is fraud). In the meantime, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has crippled the postal service to such an extent that people fear their mail-in votes will not get to their local electoral authority in time to be counted while the courts have refused to set the deadlines for applying, to extend reception and reception. and submit postal votes. Trump and Barr have even proposed sending armed thugs to polling stations to “secure” the vote. This is a clear indication that they intend to participate Intimidation of voters on election day.
And I’ll write that in September! I can’t imagine what Trump said to undermine the choice between when you end this sentence and when you read it.
There is not much that Democrats can do to prevent Trump’s attack on democracy. They have given dire warnings, but at this point the warnings are a bit like a smoke alarm going off after a house burns crispy. They have held oversight hearings in Congress, but they will not indict anyone, and anyone they indicted would be acquitted by the astute and complicit Republican Senate. They tried to get the mainstream media to correct Trump’s lies, but the President’s stenographers employed by many news agencies decided long ago that access was more valuable than the U.S. self-governing system.
So we’re stuck in a difficult place. Instead of finding a concrete solution to stop Trump from stealing an election, he’s unlikely to win fair, we leave the plot of the film up to us First League: As Tom Berenger’s character says when he learns that his team’s owner is planning to refuel the team so they can relocate to a new town, “I think there’s only one thing left to do … win the whole thing damn thing. “
In theory it is possible. But the only way to win the whole thing is if people overcome the urge to hesitate and vote before election day. If we don’t, Trump has too many options to get involved in gimmicks. In order to counteract this, we have to vote early – and if possible personally.
Of course, not everyone can vote personally. I’m not a Republican, which means I don’t think Grandma has to risk death to win an election. The best that you can reasonably ask of someone who is too dangerous to vote in the polls is to request and return a postal vote. However, if your state offers early personal voting and it is safe for you to do so, then you should do so.
There are several types of early personal tuning, depending on the person Status. Some offer personal postal voting. This means that you go to a specific location (usually the county polling station), register with an election officer, fill in your postal ballot, and then give it to an election worker. Other states offer simple old early personal votes, which are just like regular polls on election day, but earlier. And some states offer both, depending on how early a person tries to vote.
Any option is good. The benefits of having an early face-to-face vote on a regular basis are clear: polling stations are less likely to be crowded and you can be sure that your vote will be tabulated by election day. A personal postal vote is also useful. Even if your state doesn’t count ballots by election day, in-person voting ensures your ballot is there by then, avoiding delays in the mail. It gives voters confidence that an actual person got their vote. And it reduces the likelihood that election workers will be overwhelmed on election day.
The main benefit of in-person postal voting is that it reduces the chance that Trumpy election officials will throw away your ballot due to a typo, delay, or claim of a mismatched signature.
Put it this way, Nate Persily, a professor at Stanford Law School, “The most likely half a million postal ballot papers in this election will be missed due to late, missing signatures, mismatched signatures and other issues. We need to make sure that the number doesn’t rise to a million lost votes. ”
We already know which voters are disproportionately affected by such problems. ONE Project report on healthy choices The study, written by MIT researcher Diana Cao, shows that 1.3 percent of the mail-in votes were missed in the Florida 2020 primaries. If the uncounted ballot papers are broken down by age and race, discrepancies will become apparent. Over 3.5 percent of ballots from voters aged 18 to 29 were rejected, and over 2 percent of ballots from black voters and another 2 percent from Hispanic voters.
In some states, postal voting begins in September. New Jersey will allow personal postal voting in the county election offices beginning September 19. Some California counties begin on October 5th. By October 19, states with more than half of the votes will offer personal postal voting, and some states will have moved to regular early voting by then.
The November 3rd election is the show; It is the performative civic engagement that our carnival bark of a president believes he can manipulate to his advantage. The real elections, the real struggle to get voters to vote to save our democracy, have already begun.