Nadler in 2004: ‘Paper Ballots are Extremely Susceptible to Fraud’
C-SPAN video clip from 2004 shows Nadler opposing paper-based ballots
As President Donald Trump continues to object to mail-in election ballots, it looks like the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler would be agreeing with him if it were 2004.
A recently surfaced C-SPAN video clip from 2004 shows Nadler opposing paper-based ballots during a Capitol Hill hearing.
At the hearing, a member of the public spoke in support of paper ballots while citing research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which said hand-counted paper ballots to be “among the most reliable” voting methods.
But Nadler didn't agree with that claim.
“Paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud,” he said.
“And at least with the old clunky voting machines that we have in New York, the deliberate fraud is way down compared to paper."
“When the machines break down, they vote on paper – they’ve had real problems,” he added.
Nadler added “there’s gotta be a way of getting the best of our methodologies," while offering no suggestion for a reliable voting method
The woman from the audience continued her support of paper ballots.
“At least if there’s a miscount, you can discover it,” she said.
“You can’t discover miscounts with these machines.”
Nadler then pitched “optical scan with paper” as a compromise solution.
This method is where paper ballots would be scanned electronically to count the votes.
But still, he was not about to endorse a hand-counted paper-based system.
“I want a paper trail; I want paper somewhere,” Nadler said.
“But pure paper with no machines? I can show you experience which would make your head spin.”
Even Jerry Nadler knows, how easily corrupted mail-in paper ballots are✔️pic.twitter.com/sRZDUEJxko— Marla Hohner (@marlahohner) May 26, 2020
Nadler accused President Donald Trump earlier this month of opposing mail-in ballots because he was worried that voters "won't vote for you."
.@realDonaldTrump, you're wrong in so many ways. Michigan didn't send voters absentee ballots: they sent them applications for absentee ballots. And there's nothing rogue about encouraging Americans to participate in elections—you're just worried that they won't vote for you. https://t.co/1OTEqp3CpW— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) May 20, 2020
Trump warned that mail-in ballots would be “substantially fraudulent” if used for the 2020 presidential election.
Earlier this week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tried to erase negative sentiment surrounding the Democrats' controversial mail-in ballots scheme by giving it a friendly new name.
Pelosi has revealed that Democrats are going to rebrand their push for nationwide vote-by-mail ballots for the upcoming elections by renaming it “voting at home.”
Pelosi unveiled the less-corrupt-sounding name during an interview with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell last week.
“We’re now calling it voting at home because that’s really what it’s all about—enabling people to vote at home,” Pelosi told O’Donnell.