Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)
It’s no secret that the Left is desperate to regain the White House, keep its House majority and capture the U.S. Senate.
In fact, it’s clear they’ll do almost anything to unseat President Trump and clear the way for one-party government.
Lately, they’ve been using the Communist Chinese COVID-19 crisis to beat the drums for mail-in balloting, with an eye toward making such a system permanent.
There is little oversight, and this method is the one most easily abused by vote fraudsters, according to a blue-ribbon, bipartisan commission chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and James Baker, former White House chief of staff under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
The recent coronavirus relief package will provide $400 million to states for the 2020 elections.
If this pile of money isn’t spent wisely, the integrity of the elections will be at risk.
Residents of some states may not be able to vote in person and may be forced to vote using absentee or mail-in ballots as long as the current emergency continues, with social distancing being the norm and schools, businesses, offices and government facilities closed.
But no one should forget that absentee-ballot voting is vulnerable to intimidation, fraud and chaos as all-mail elections move behind closed doors beyond the oversight of election officials.
State voter-registration lists around the country are notoriously inaccurate and out-of-date, with many duplicate or triplicate registrations, registrants who have died, and registrations lacking full address data. Some counties have more registered voters than voting-age citizens.
Election officials should take steps now to ensure that if a mailed ballot system is ordered, the election itself can be protected from the dangers that will otherwise result.
Georgia, for example, has declared that its June 2020 primary will be conducted by mail and has ensured that only registered, active (not inactive) voters will be sent an absentee-ballot request form.
States should ban all ballot “harvesting” by third parties. Only the voter or close family members should be able to hand-deliver a completed absentee ballot.
As the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a 1998 report, absentee ballots are the “tools of choice” of vote thieves.
Switching to mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus outbreak should only be temporary.
- Christian Adams is the author of the bestselling book “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.”
One of the most knowledgeable election law experts in the country, J. Christian Adams serves as president and general counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation
The founder of the Election Law Center, PLLC, he served from 2005 to 2010 in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice. He litigates election law cases throughout the United States and brought the first private party litigation resulting in the cleanup of corrupted voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
He represented multiple presidential campaigns in election litigation. He successfully litigated the landmark case of United States v. Ike Brown in the Southern District of Mississippi, the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of a discriminated-against white minority in Noxubee County. He has handled election cases in 20 states and the territory of Guam.
He received the Department of Justice award for outstanding service and numerous other Justice Department performance awards. Prior to his time at the Justice Department, he served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State.
He also serves as a legal editor at PJMedia.com, an internet news publication.
He appears frequently on Fox News and has written for National Review, Breitbart, the Washington Examiner, American Spectator, Washington Times and other publications. He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.
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