Pelosi Champions Vote-by-Mail: ‘Every Registered Voter Should Receive a Ballot'
House Speaker pushed for voting reform
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pushed the Democrats vote-by-mail initiative, visiting the $400 million will be included in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to enable registered voters to receive a ballot at home.
Pelosi was asked about President Donald Trump's criticism of bailout funding for the post office:
"The post office has over 90 percent favorability among the American people."
"They depend on the post office as a public institution. Seniors now are getting — they have always been getting their medicine by mail for a long time now and now even more urgently," Pelosi added.
"People are buying things that are telemarketing and the rest, and they’re being delivered by the post office. So at this time, any time, it’s a bad idea," the House Speaker continued.
"It’s what they’re about, privatization, privatization, privatization. Let someone else go make money off someone that should be a public service for the American people," she added.
"We will have to have that fight. We tried to get funding for the post office in the CARES one bill. We had some money in a bipartisan way, but the president I understand personally rejected it.”
Earlier this month, Trump blasted the Democrats' push for voting by mail, tweeting:
"Mail ballots — they cheat. Okay? People cheat. Mail ballots are a very dangerous thing for this country ’cause there’re cheaters. They go and collect them. They’re fraudulent in many cases."
“Let me tell you another reason he might be against it. We have to save the lives and livelihood of the American people. We also have to save our liberty, the life of our democracy."
"Voting by mail is central to this in any event, but at the time of the coronavirus, very essential. We had $400 million in CARES one. We have to have much more than that in CARES two so people can vote by mail.”
“When the Supreme Court acting like party hacks said that the state of Wisconsin had to vote on that day and limited the importance of voting by mail, they were doing a Republican agenda, but the fact is is that having those people vote at that time was as if we invited them all to the Mardi Gras, probably caused more infections. People were standing in long for a very long time, keeping social distancing but nonetheless having to be out when they should be home."
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"This issue of vote-by-mail and also saying every person registered to vote should receive a ballot and that we should have same-day registration for those who have not registered to vote," she added.
"Opening the process, this is what our country is about, the vote, the sacred right to vote. I’m a former state chair of the party, and our purpose was always to remove obstacles for participation, whether they were Democrats, Republicans, independents, or whatever they were.”
Is Mail Voting open to fraud?
Last week, Neon Nettle reported double-voting due to mail-in votes was found in California.
The double-voting by mail took place during the primary elections on March 3, 2020, the California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said.
Hillary Clinton also called for voting reform and backed the push for voting by mail.
Clinton said America needed to “act now” to guarantee citizens can “safely cast a ballot in November."
According to newly revealed federal data, roughly 28.4 million mail-in ballots have gone missing since the 2012 election.
Records show the ballots were misplaced in the last four election cycles in the previous eight years.
The data is from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Election Administration and Voting Surveys and shows records for 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 election cycles.