Letter to the Editor: There’s Too Much at Stake This Fall—We Must Expand Vote-by-Mail Now

Dear Editor,

Do you know who’s voting by mail this election? Donald Trump. And do you know who’s making it harder for everyone else in the country to vote by mail in the middle of a global pandemic? That’s right—Donald Trump.

He and other White House officials have gone on record with false claims against mail-in voting, even though it’s one of the safest options for us to cast our ballots as the country recovers from this pandemic.

In the face of Trump’s hypocrisy, I expect Congress to do the right thing and provide both economic relief and expanded funding for no-excuse absentee voting, early voting, and other options to make voting safer this November.

These are all common-sense reforms that a vast majority of Americans support and changes that would help increase voter participation during and after this crisis.

Even though Congress allocated some funds to help states implement these voting reforms, without an additional $3.6 billion in election assistance funding, some voters may not be able to make their voices heard during one of the most important elections of our lifetime. We must prevent a situation where voters are forced to choose between protecting their health and casting a ballot—no matter what Trump says.

Congress has the ability to act right now and we need to make sure our representatives know that anything less than immediate action is unacceptable.

Regards,

FRANCINE BACCHINI

San Jose

8 Comments

  1. If we can protest in person, we can vote in person. Only cheaters want to vote by mail.
    If Donald Trump is doing it, you shouldn’t want it done.

  2. The Russians are trying to rig election. Vote by mail allows Putin to mail in a massive number of forged ballots, ensuring his puppet Trump remains in office.

    • > The Russians are trying to rig election. Vote by mail allows Putin to mail in a massive number of forged ballots, ensuring his puppet Trump remains in office.

      You have to admit, Putin really is very clever.

      He stole the 2016 election with just a few hundred thousand bucks of Facebook ads. AND, he did it AFTER the election. AND he snatched it away from the smartest person in the country.

      With Putin on his side, there is NO CHANCE the Trump is going to lose.

      Dems should just give up.

  3. Back when almost all Americans voted at a polling place, it was not allowed that a voter be accompanied by another person when they took their ballot into the voting booth. There was a reason for that. Pulling that curtain guaranteed a voter total privacy and secrecy, and along with that privacy came the complete freedom to vote their conscience, totally free from the influence of others.
    Now we’ve got the big push for voting by mail. And Democrats keep pretending that it won’t affect the integrity of our elections.
    You can’t tell me that there aren’t thousands of households, if not millions, in which one person may exert their influence or their dominance over another, whether it’s their spouse, their grown child, their roommate, whatever, and either “help” them fill out their ballot or just plain fill it out themselves.
    This is voter fraud. It doesn’t show up in any reports or studies so Democrats can pretend that it doesn’t happen.

    • > Back when almost all Americans voted at a polling place, it was not allowed that a voter be accompanied by another person when they took their ballot into the voting booth.

      As I read the rules on the Secretary of State’s website, this is still the rule.

      Wherever you vote your mail-in ballot is a “polling place” and it is illegal for someone to assist you and try to influence your vote.

      It’s the law. What could possibly go wrong?

  4. “This is the government. We have a $1,200 cash payment for you. You have the choice of receiving it by mail, or picking it up in person with a valid identification card.”

    Which is more secure?

    I wonder how many dead people will be voting by mail? I wonder how many non US citizens will be voting by mail? I wonder how many ballots and voter packages will be sent out of state? I wonder how many people even care about any of the above??

  5. Both my mother and mother in law received mail in ballots years and months after their passing.

    In 2016 I stood behind a Mexican woman that was trying to vote using her son’s drivers license.
    Her husband managed to get his ballot into the box before pole workers figured out what they were up to, but no one pulled that ballot.
    Voter fraud is rampant in this country, if Donald Trump wants to take a chance and vote by mail let him its his election to loose.

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