I have concerns about the whole “vote-by-mail” idea for this November.
It’s not so much the idea that “vote-by-mail” is more susceptible to fraud — although it is. Not as fraught with fraud as the doom-sayers are complaining, but it’s damned sure not “negligible”, either.
No, my primary concern is with human nature, and the current state of our Nation.
We are a divided house. This upcoming election, and the results there-of, has a pretty good potential to be rather festive — and needs to be as clear-cut and unambiguous as possible.
I realize that in the current socio-political climate “clear-cut and unambiguous” is difficult, but as many variables that can be controlled, need to be controlled regarding this election.
Mail-in ballots have a nasty habit of being sent, or arriving, past the deadline for being counted — just ask the military in any election since Carter.
I am concerned that a significant number of ballots this November will be past the deadline. And that will be bad.
When that happens — and it will happen — somebody is immediately going to sue to allow those ballots to be counted. And someone else will — correctly — counter-sue for them not to be counted.
And the Supreme Court will wind up having to make a decision on who gets to be POTUS.
Do you see what’s making me concerned?
If the side that argues from a moral standpoint that all votes — even late ones — should be counted, is the losing side … this election is tainted.
If the side that argues from a legal standpoint that deadlines are there for a reason is the losing side … this election is tainted.
This is not the time in our Nation’s history for a tainted election. Way too many people have their identities wrapped up politics. Way too many people are treating politics like a religion. When one side regards the other side as heretics … well, religion excuses — if not glorifies — a lot of bad acts.
I’m not happy about mail-in voting this year, and I don’t think anyone else should be, either.