Now We Know How Trump Intends To Steal The Election

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President Trump is slowing the postal service while pushing states not to accept ballots postmarked before election day.

The raging coronavirus pandemic continues to be a key factor in pushing support for vote-by-mail, since Americans should not have to choose between their right to vote and their health. However, as the November 3rd Election Day approaches, President Donald Trump not only continues to strike down mail-in voting, but he is also actively working to interfere with the Postal Service in an attempt to ultimately control the 2020 Election.

According to The New York Times, Trump has promoted “baseless questions about election fraud” in the past, but recently, he has “focused intensive new attacks on voting by mail, as states grapple with the challenge of conducting elections in the middle of surging coronavirus cases in many parts of the country.” Trump tweeted on April 8th that “Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting,” claiming there is “tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.”

The Guardian reported that Trump has “been advancing untrue claims about mail-in balloting for months,” repeatedly inferring that “Mail-In Ballots will lead to a RIGGED ELECTION!” according to his tweet on June 22nd.

On top of discouraging Americans from voting by mail even during a nationwide outbreak of COVID-19, Trump is working to undermine the process altogether: he has exerted his influence on the U.S. Postal Service in order to establish mail delays that could help him control the election.

The Washington Post reported in April that Trump “blocked potential emergency funding for the agency that employs around 600,000 workers,” and “threatened to veto the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or Cares Act, if the legislation contained any money directed to bail out the postal agency.”

Trump’s plan accelerated when Louis DeJoy, “a North Carolina businessman who has given millions of dollars to the Republican Party, including the Trump campaign, [was] named the nation’s new postmaster general,” which the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors announced on May 6th, wrote NPR.

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, “denounced the move as a reward by Trump to a ‘partisan donor.’” “The Postal Service is in crisis and needs real leadership and someone with knowledge of the issues,” Connolly stated. “This crony doesn’t cut it.”

Right away, under DeJoy, the post office “embark[ed] on what’s been called a long-overdue ‘operational pivot,’” according to NPR. “It means that among other things, late-arriving mail will now be left behind by carriers and delivered the next day. Overtime will be eliminated.” Arthur B. Sackler, a manager of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, said “it looks as if what they’re proposing has the potential to delay mail,” and this delayed mail will only “accumulate.”

The attack on mail-in voting, rejection of a bailout and major operational changes for the Postal Service all play a part in Trump’s ultimate plan, which he helped expose in a single tweet he posted on July 30th: “Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!”

Following Trump’s tweet, The Post explained that “the impact of those [mail] delays could be dramatically exacerbated by state laws that invalidate ballots that are mailed before Election Day but arrive after Election Day.” This is critical because with the exception of North Carolina, every single one of the “key presidential swing states have such provisions invalidating ballots that arrive after Election Day,” thus revealing that the mail delays “may be ‘the result of a political effort to undermine absentee voting.’”

The Post showed that according to the Brennan Center of Justice and the Democratic-run Democracy Docket, “swing states that currently do not accept ballots that are postmarked before but arrive after Election Day include: Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Georgia. Those states will decide the election.”

What is even more concerning is that these key swing states are already facing abundant voting rights issues.

  • In April, Wisconsin voters faced an enormous “election mess” in which “three tubs of absentee ballots that never reached voters were discovered in a postal center outside Milwaukee.” Even when “voters did return their completed ballots in the mail, thousands were postmarked too late to count — or not at all.”
  • In Arizona, Democrats challenged a mail-in ballot rule that would “disqualify ballots that do not include signatures instead of giving voters time to correct them,” saying the rule “could lead to ‘thousands’ of ballots not being counted.”
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Trump reelection campaign sued Pennsylvania state and county elections officials in June, saying “mail ballot drop boxes were unconstitutional” and “asking a federal court to bar them in November.”
  • A group of voting rights organizations in Florida had filed suit “to order changes to the deadline for mail-in ballots and other procedures” in July, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
  • And most recently, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that it will not hear “an appeal from a group challenging Michigan’s law that disqualifies absentee ballots received after the time polls close on Election Day.”

What this means for the 2020 Presidential Election is that “due to procedural complexities,” there is a high possibility that absentee ballots will “get rejected at disproportionate rates,” even though voters who are concerned about the coronavirus may feel safer with vote-by-mail.

“There is recourse here,” The Post added, revealing that what we can expect to see in the coming months before November, is litigation “against these laws in every swing state, with an eye toward getting ballots counted that are postmarked before but arrive after Election Day.”

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