Michigan Democrats Push for Mail-In Ballots to Replace In-Person Voting
Democratic lawmakers pushing controversial vote system for state
Democrat lawmakers in Michigan are pushing for a radical mail-in voting scheme to replace traditional in-person voting in the state.
This week, Democratic State Sen. Jeff Irwin introduced a new bill seeking to establish a universal vote-by-mail system in Michigan.
Irwin's proposal, Senate Bill 909, also aims to end in-person voting at precincts altogether.
The new system would mean every registered voter would be able to vote by returning their ballot through the mail or by dropping it off at a designated "drop site."
All in-person voting would be replaced with mail-in votes via absentee ballots.
Same-day registration would be facilitated by requiring all clerks to remain open to accept voter registration forms and ballots.
“Voting by mail will make voting less expensive, easier for voters, and more secure,” Irwin said in a statement.
“This system will save money and give voters more time to consider down-ballot races or proposals that may be complicated, or not explained well, by the ballot language.”
Irwin claims that his system would save money in election administration costs for the state and local municipalities.
“Voting by mail and from home with absentee ballots is already a proven, secure system that has been used by millions of voters, including people serving in our military and those who simply like to vote at their kitchen table,” Irwin said.
“Improving Michigan’s voting system makes sense anytime, but it is especially urgent to prepare for the impact that COVID-19 may have on recruiting election workers and on public sentiment toward voters gathering at physical polling locations.
"Since there is a cheaper, easier way to vote, let’s do it now.”
While Irwin claims that “voting my mail and from home … is already a proven, secure system,” election experts and watchdog groups have said the process is riddled with fraud and corruption.
In Detroit, Michigan’s voter rolls, for instance, have more than 2,500 dead people on them, according to a lawsuit filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF).
The lawsuit also claims that Detroit’s voter registration rate as of 2016 for the citizen voting-age population stands at 106 percent — indicating more voters on the rolls than those who even live in the city, according to Breitbart.
Nearly 5,000 registered voters in Detroit have been flagged by PILF has having potentially registered to vote twice or even three times.
Another 16,500 registered voters in Detroit apparently have no date listed of when they actually registered to vote.
As Breitbart reported earlier this month, PILF research shows that 28.4 million mail-in ballots have gone missing in the last four election cycles dating back to 2012.
In the 2016 and 2018 elections, a total of about 16.4 million mail-in ballots went missing.
Currently, elected Democrats are lobbying for nationwide mail-in voting for the November presidential election — a move that would potentially deliver ballots to an estimated 24 million ineligible voters.