In a column for Fox News’s website on Monday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel accused the Democratic Party of using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to weaken election security, opening the door to voter fraud all across the country. Pointing to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to turn the November election into a mail-in event, McDaniel warned that such a move would inevitably lead to massive fraud. And that, she wrote, is exactly what Democrats are counting on.
“If it were about safety, why does Pelosi call for mandatory early voting in all states, forcing polls to be open ‘no less than 10 hours’ every day for over two weeks before Election Day?” wondered McDaniel. “Why do Democrats encourage public transportation use, which can increase exposure to viruses, by mandating polling places be within walking distance of a bus stop or metro? And why do Democrats want paid campaign operatives going door to door, collecting mountains of ballots? So much for social distancing.”
She said the answer is obvious: “Because Democrats see the pandemic, as Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said, as ‘a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.’ And try to give themselves a political edge.”
There are, of course, many U.S. states which rely on mail-in voting as a supplement to their usual early/day-of, in-person election apparatus. That’s fine and well, as far as it goes. But when we expand mail-in voting to account for every single registered voter in the country – and we do it as quickly as the Democrats want to roll it out this year – you’re begging for trouble. And let’s face it, this is not a party that has shown a great deal of concern about voter fraud in the past.
“Mail-in voting increases the opportunity for fraud,” wrote McDaniel. “Just ask the New York Times, which in 2012 documented numerous ways ‘fraud is easier by mail’ and ‘vastly more prevalent’ than in-person voting. The Times found ‘votes cast by mail are less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than those cast in a voting booth.’”
Exactly. Now we want to turn our entire presidential election over to this system? Forget about actual fraud for a moment; let’s assume for the sake of argument that everything goes off without any (apparent) hitch, and Trump wins the election in defiance of the polls, just like he did last time. Are Democrats going to support this outcome, or will they suddenly freak out and call Trump an illegitimate president? Is there any doubt in your mind that they will suddenly find great fault with mail-in voting if that happens?
This is a disaster waiting to happen, and Republicans must do everything possible to ensure that we do not let the coronavirus crisis turn into a constitutional one in November.