To: readers across the Aisle

Subject: You've got mail-in ballots

Date: August 3rd, 2020

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In this newsletter:

  • mail in ballots

  • election fraud

  • voter suppression

Let's take a walk down the Aisle...

Voting by mail

What: a more convenient way to vote & avoid large crowds at polling places due to COVID

Pros: allows for underrepresented groups like minorities, low income, elderly to vote more easily​

  • while minorities skew to dems, elderly skew to GOP so doesn't help one party over the other

  • lowers risk of spreading COVID-19 and protects everyone's right to vote during pandemic

Cons: many states have had issues with mail in ballots previously, creating worry about the accuracy of mail in voting. More on election fraud below.

Universal Mail-in vs. Absentee

Not quite. In most states, absentee voters have to request an absentee ballot, by providing their name and address. Usually, voters are required to provide an excuse for why they can't vote in person. 

Vote by mail means sending ballots to every registered voter. This is a big step for certain states like Tennessee where only 2% of voters mailed in ballots in 2016.

Right: absentee ballots allow for extra security check (officials verify name, address, excuse)

Left: if absentee voting works, universal mail-in voting will be successful as well

Election Fraud

When the person you've been leading on all quarantine asks to meet: Delay the Meeting until people can properly, securely and safely date???

Both sides agreed: we are not delaying the election.

Risks of mail in voting due to poor infrastructure:

  • Delays: in SF, 5% of ballots did not arrive on time, contributing to over 100K ballots rejected by California

  • Loss of ballots: (Wisconsin had thousands missing/nullified)

  • Incorrect ballots: ballots mailed to deceased people, pets, and things?

  • Corruption: in LA, homeless people were paid in exchange for signatures on petitions & voter registration forms

On the other hand, many studies indicate that voting by mail does not skew election results and actually encourages more participation.

Historically, voting by mail has worked:

  • In 2016, nearly 25% of voters cast absentee ballots

  • Colorado achieved record participation, 40% reduction of costs, and only 9 cases of fraud since adopting universal mail-in voting in 2013

Right: we don't have the infrastructure to conduct an accurate, on time election with mail in voting

Left: there is no proof that mail in ballots lead to more fraud 

Voter Suppression

Voting is the most essential part of a democracy. Unfortunately, some measures make it harder to cast a vote:

  • voter ID & registration restrictions: only accept certain documents w/ strict cut off dates

  • felony disenfranchisement: some states ban felons from voting for life

  • gerrymandering: redistricting to affect election results

These restrictions disproportionately affect black voters, who according to the left will also be forced to make the decision between their health and voting in November.

Republicans counter that it's not fair to completely ignore the health risks of protesting and overemphasize the risks of voting in person.

 

Right: with appropriate precautions, voting in person can be safe for everyone

Left: Trump wants fewer people to vote so he can win 

Other controversies

What: AOC responds to sexist comments by Yoho

Rightmostly crickets from the GOP on this one; some condemned the remarks

LeftYoho did not give an adequate apology

What: Dr. Immanuel endorses Hydroxychloroquine

RightDems want to censor this because Trump endorsed it at the beginning of the pandemic

Leftshould be censored b/c Immanuel has history of spreading false information 

What: Biden says Trump is first racist president elected

Right: hold my beer (12 US presidents owned slaves)

Left: Charlemagne does not have time for this

What: Nicholas Sandmann settles defamation lawsuit

Right: the media is constantly creating fake narratives

Left: Washington Post holds that the journalism was correct

What: Herman Cain dies of COVID-19

Right: people are stooping to new lows using deaths for political statements

Left: he got COVID from not wearing a mask at Trump's rally

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Spread some good 

  • Support voting rights organizations

  • Support startups fighting voter fraud

  • New Orleans man exchanges guns for trumpets, offering free music sessions for at risk youth

  • 3 inmates save deputy's life 

  • Woman donates lottery winnings to officer shot in line of duty- police raise over $150,000 for her

Closing Points

  • Voting by mail:

    • increases voter participation, especially with safety concerns during pandemic​

    • has risks associated with poor infrastructure that cause delays + inaccuracies

    • is different than absentee voting

Quote of the week

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

-FDR in a radio address from the White House in 1944 

No matter what you believe, don't forget to VOTE! It is your most important constitutional right.

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