The Democrats’ push for widespread vote-by-mail is obviously a disaster waiting to happen, but somehow Larry the Cable Guy is speaking more common sense on the matter than any elected Democrat or member of the establishment media.
It isn’t shocking that a comedian would be smarter than the clowns in government, but this time Larry, the alter ego of Daniel Lawrence Whitney, used words from one of their own to make the case.
Democrats are pushing for increased mail-in options ostensibly to protect their constituents from catching the coronavirus at the polling station, although many of those same folks likely continued their weekly grocery and other shopping trips, which were allowed even during the quarantine lockdowns.
According to The Washington Post, 34 states plus the District of Columbia already had some form of mail-in voting available for those who applied and had a valid reason, and now states including California, Vermont and Montana have joined others in simply mailing ballots to all registered voters.
So far, a total of nine states and D.C. simply mail the ballots, while another nine automatically send out an application for mail-in ballots.
All told, only eight states require any excuse beyond COVID-19 fears to be eligible for vote-by-mail in some form, meaning close to 180 million ballots could be cast by mail without ever having to face a polling official.
That seems legit, right?
Well, in Clark County, Nevada, for instance, over 223,000 mail-in ballots were considered undeliverable, with 1 in 6 voters not receiving their ballots for the state’s primary (there’s no way to know how many were cast by someone else after being sent to a previous address or simply intercepted).
It was a clerical error, according to The Post, that resulted in over 500,000 return envelopes being marked with the wrong address for absentee voters in Virginia, while South Carolina ballots ended up in Maryland allegedly for the same reason.
The debacle in this year’s New York primary voting, which has taken six weeks and a judicial edict to untangle, demonstrates what could happen when 1-in-4 mail-in votes has to be disqualified for one reason or another, according to the New York Post.
The risk of everything from clerical errors to postal delays is a valid concern with using the mail system to cast ballots.
Oh, but then there’s the fraud. One mail carrier in West Virginia was recently convicted of fraud after attempting to tamper with mail-in ballot requests, according to The New York Times.
There were also the New Jersey politicians who allegedly tampered with hundreds of mail-in ballots for a small Paterson City Council race.
And as Larry the Cable Guy demonstrated in his recent tweet, these kinds of problems were known to and expressed by none other than House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler back in 2004 when the New York Democrat railed against using paper ballots.