“Mail-In Voting” Isn’t Absentee Voting

by | Sep 2, 2020 | Opinion, Special Alerts

It seems like Democrats will do or say anything to relax voting laws for their benefit.
They always claim “there is no fraud” and they’re “protecting the right to vote.”

Last year, Senator Jeanne Shaheen called HB1264 (only residents vote in NH) voter suppression.
HB 1264, signed in 2017, required New Hampshire voters to be (or become) residents.
That’s identical to laws in 49 states and DC, and constitutional under US and NH Supreme Court opinions.
Did Shaheens’ assertion reflect ignorance of the law, or a willful misrepresentation of the truth?

Or she really just wants out-of-state voters to help elect her in 2020 as they did Sen. Hassan in 2016.
6,540 voters registered and voted in NH on Election Day using out-of-state licenses for ID in 2016.
2,246 were licenses from Massachusetts, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1.
If those Mass residents voted here in the same 3 to 1 ratio, that would mean 1,123 extra Democrat votes.
That alone was enough for Hassan to win the 2016 election for the US Senate in NH by 1,017 votes.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Dems proposed H.R.6800 to require changes to state voting laws:
States to allow all eligible individuals to register to vote on the same day that they vote.
States cannot require any form of identification to obtain an absentee ballot.
States to automatically mail absentee ballots and balloting materials to all registered voters.

President Trump opposes “Mail-In Voting”.
Republicans are suing to prevent Democrat voting law relaxations.
One example is Assembly Bill 4 in Nevada, which provides for:
all active voters to receive a mail ballot, whether they’ve requested one or not
ballots received without a postmark for up to three days after Election Day to be considered valid
multiple ballots to be submitted in a single envelope with only a single signature required on the envelope
individuals to sign a ballot on another persons behalf

So promoting “Mail-in-Voting” is currently “Job 1” for Democrats and aligned advocacy groups.

Democrats say, in effect, that “We already have mail-in voting, so what’s the big deal?”
In NH, Jennifer Horn (former NHGOP chair) employs a similar argument against President Trump, saying:
“Let’s begin by addressing the false accusations about mail-in voting.
It is, in fact, exactly like absentee voting. Precisely the same.
You get a ballot from your town hall, check your chosen boxes, seal it in an envelope and mail it back to town hall.

Was Horn commenting from ignorance, or willfully misrepresenting the truth?

The phrase “You get a ballot from your town hall” cleverly ignores the difference between:
A: You requested an absentee ballot, provided proof of ID and they mailed it to your mailbox.
B: You didn’t request a ballot (perhaps you’ve died or moved) but they sent one to your mailbox anyway.
It should be obvious that sending unrequested ballots to empty college dorms might invite fraud.

“All Mail Elections” (“Vote-by-Mail”, “All-Mail Voting, “Mail-in Voting”) differ from Absentee Voting.
The National Conference of State Legislatures defines “All Mail Elections”, aka “Vote-by-Mail”:
“For these elections, all registered voters receive a ballot in the mail.”
“all-mail elections means that every registered voter receives a ballot by mail.”

With “Mail in voting”, ballots are mailed to every name on the check list and they mail, or bring, them back.
Check lists aren’t regularly purged of voters who died or moved, this has the potential for fraud.
Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah already had mail in voting.
California and Nevada are now jumping in.

If fact, Mail-In-Voting (as President Trump describes it) isn’t the same as Absentee Voting.
The Secretary of State’s Select Committee specifically rejected it as an option in its 6/5/20 report.
Absentee Voting Issues. Although some have advocated that an absentee ballot should be automatically sent to every registered voter (and, indeed, some states have adopted the practice), the Committee did not agree.
Among other things, the checklists contain the names of many people who no longer reside in the town/city in which they are registered and the names of some people who are not even now alive, which would mean that a general mailing of unrequested absentee ballots to everyone on the state’s checklists would result in probably thousands of ballots lying around unclaimed. For obvious reasons, this would be problematic.

NH statutes have long allowed absentee registration and absentee ballots, and their return by mail.
A person requesting an absentee ballot would be obliged to provide information or sign affidavits.
The statutes specify various reasons for voting or registering absentee, including “disability.”
The Secretary of State and the Attorney General issued guidance regarding response to Covid on 4/10/20.
Specifically, they stated that symptoms of Covid as well as fear of contracting it would qualify as a disability.
Gov. Sununu on 7/17/20 signed a bill adding a “disability” category for Covid onto absentee forms.

NH has given Covid-symptomatic or Covid-phobic people access to absentee voting and registration.
Otherwise, prior arrangements to request absentee ballots, and ability to mail them back, remain in place.
Requested absentee ballots better prevent fraud than mailing ballots to everyone on the voter list.

Democrats and their allies are suing to loosen even these expanded Covid voting accommodations.

Be sure to make your vote count on November 3, 2020.

Posted by Granite State Taxpayers Chairman Ray Chadwick


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