Stacey Abrams: We Know Mail-in Voting Works Despite Trump’s ‘Paranoia'
Abrams joined the Democrats push for mail-in voting
2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams accused President Donald Trump of being "paranoid" about mail-in voting, arguing it works, and is “safe."
Appearing on MSNBC, “The Last Word,” Abrams joined the Democrats push for mail-in voting.
“I wanted to get your view of what we learned about mail-in voting this week and the surge in voter turn-out that some states experienced with it.”
“One, we know it works despite the protestations of the Republican Party and the Paranoia of Donald Trump, we know it works," she argued.
"It is safe. It is accessible. But the challenge we have is that number two, it has to be scaled. We are seeing unprecedented participation in our elections via mail-in ballots," she added.
"We know that 34 states allow no excuses. Sixteen states require an excuse," Abrams said.
"But every state is going to have to have it. We know that the COVID virus is going to ramp up again in the fall, and we haven’t even made it out of the first wave," she added.
"That means we have to be ready to allow mail-in voting for every voter that chooses to use it.”
O’Donnell asked Abrams:
“What is the situation with mail-in voting in what we consider the battleground states, the states that could end up deciding this election?”
“It is a mix. Mail-in voting is permitted in Georgia with no excuses. We just, unfortunately, had a debacle in terms of actually managing the process, and we need to scale it up."
"We know that in Wisconsin, Wisconsin is one of a handful of states that requires a signature or a witness in order to— sorry, requires a witness or notary to send in your ballots," Abrams continued.
"But voter participation is up dramatically. And mail-in voting is not a Democratic or Republican way of voting. But when it is convenient, we know that more Democrats are participating, and that’s shifting the landscape for the outcome in November.”
In April, Abrams accused Trump of being "afraid" of allowing a mail-in vote for the November election because he "is an illegitimate president" who "should not be in office."
Attorney General William Barr echoed President Donald Trump's firm stance against mail-in voting, warning it “absolutely” opens the flood gates to voter fraud.
“Well, it absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud," Barr said.
Last week, Trump warned of millions of mail-in ballots being printed in foreign countries that would be "rigged."
The president argued that foreign countries would attempt to taint the 2020 election by printing the ballots.
"RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!"
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020