President Trump has been denouncing universal mail-in voting for months now, calling it a pathway for error and fraud, while The New York Times has just as vigorously been pushing back, claiming that it’s the only method to safely vote during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fairfax County Virginia election officials reported Thursday that voters were sent inaccurate and misleading mailers from the Center for Voter Information, which appear to support the president’s concerns.
"This group is mass mailing pre-filled, absentee ballot applications to county voters without their request," the report said, adding, "and the mailer includes return envelopes to send the application to the City of Fairfax, not Fairfax County."
Fairfax County General Registrar Gary Scott also issued a statement on the brouhaha.
"This mailing is causing great confusion and concern among voters who have been contacting our office," Scott said. “While the mailing may appear to be from an official government agency, the Fairfax County Office of Elections did not send it.”
RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway reported that the mailers even reached residents beyond Fairfax County.
"I got this same dodgy mailer in Alexandria," he reported. Alexandria is an independent city, one that’s outside the jurisdiction of any county government.
Nonetheless The New York Times has been on a campaign to refute the president’s warnings about the inherent dangers of universal mail-in voting. But in the end the Times may have confirmed Trump’s point.
On June 22 the Times reported that "President Trump has been baselessly warning that mail voting will lead to a 'rigged election.'"
The Times has been publishing numerous, nearly daily, similar articles right up to this week.
On Monday the Times reported, "The president has been raging against voting by mail for several months, claiming without evidence that the process is plagued by fraud."
It went on to admit that there have been ongoing problems with New York’s Congressional District 12 race, where a winner was finally declared Wednesday, more than a month after the June 23 primary election.
In the same piece the Times also admitted that "Other states and localities recently held vote-by-mail primaries, with some scattered reports of problems, though nothing on the scale of New York City’s weeks long process."
But all its reporting for the last several months in support of mail-in voting ignored its own conclusions eight years earlier.
Its Oct. 6, 2012 headline read, "Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises."
It described the dangers of mail-in absentee voting, in which voters have to request a ballot. This isn’t nearly as egregious as universal mail-in voting, where voters are typically sent ballots to their last known address unsolicited.
Voters may move, die or become mentally incompacitated.
In addition, states that provide for universal mail-in voting often allow ballot-harvesting, where volunteers are permitted to go door-to-door and collect ballots. This creates its own set of problems opening a door to further fraud.
The lengthy 2012 report, which was strictly a news story, not an editorial or opinion piece, concluded with a quote from Yale law professor Heather Gerken.
"You could steal some absentee ballots or stuff a ballot box or bribe an election administrator or fiddle with an electronic voting machine," she observed. That explains, she said, "why all the evidence of stolen elections involves absentee ballots and the like."
So why did the Times reach a 180 degree difference of opinion between 2012 and 2020?
In 2012 an incumbent Democrat, President Barack Obama, was seeking re-election, and the Times didn’t want to see any shenanigans at the polls that might steal the election from him.
This year an incumbent Republican, President Donald Trump, is seeking re-election, and maybe the possibility of a stolen election isn’t as great a concern.
Just a thought.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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