Former President Jimmy Carter Expresses Support of Absentee Ballots

Former President Jimmy Carter fired back in support of mail-in voting after Attorney General William Barr’s disapproval of the voting practice.

Carter released a brief statement in support of absentee ballots as he also confirmed he personally votes using that particular method.

He said on Thursday, “I approve the use of absentee ballots and have been using them for more than five years.”

Additionally, Carter cited the 2005 Commission on Federal Election Reform study he co-chaired.

The former president’s remarks came shortly after Barr’s CNN appearance on Wednesday.

During an exclusive interview with Wolfe Blitzer, Barr suggested that he is in support of President Donald Trump’s assertions as he claimed the possible expansion of mail-in voting would be similar to “playing with fire.”

“We’re a very closely divided country here, and people have to have confidence in the legitimacy of the government,” Barr said. “People trying to change the rules to this methodology, which as a matter of logic is very open to fraud and coercion, is reckless and dangerous, and people are playing with fire.”

Talking about Carter’s 2005 Commission on Federal Election Reform, Barr claimed it found “mail-in voting is fraught with the risk of fraud and coercion.”

See Barr’s remarks below:

Carter’s latest remarks come months after the release of a previous statement back in May where he verbalized his support of mail-in ballots.

At the time, Carter also referenced the findings of the same 2005 non-partisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, which he co-chaired with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

The study, which advocated for the federal and state expansion of mail-in voting, determined that “there was little evidence of voter fraud” when proper precautions in place.

“The commission’s main recommendations on vote-by-mail and absentee voting were to increase research on vote-by-mail (and early voting) and to eliminate the practice of allowing candidates or party workers to pick up and deliver absentee ballots,” the statement read.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also pushed back against the commission Carter referenced as she claimed on Thursday that he “said in 2005, as part of a bipartisan commission, absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.”

Responses

  1. Termite, here you go:
    From Enews

    Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, six U.S. states had or were implementing a state-wide mail-in ballot system. Oregon was the first to roll out in 2000, followed by Washington (2006), Utah (2012), Colorado (2014), California (2018) and Hawaii (2020).

    In these States, every registered voter will receive a ballot in the post for primary and general elections. To register to vote, visit your State website or access via Vote.gov.

  2. No voter fraud?
    It’s very easy.
    I have a friend that worked at one of these places that rents out mail boxes and is not affiliated with the USPS.
    The USPS delivers a tote full of mail to the business and then the mail is placed in the customers box.
    When an election rolls around there are as many as twenty, or more, voter registration cards with different names, delivered for the same box number.
    How many different ways can you write your name?
    Just an example.
    Robert Jonathan Wright
    Robert J. Wright
    Bob J. Wright
    Bobby J. Wright
    B. J. Wright
    B. Jonathan Wright
    B. Jon Wright
    B. Johnny Wright
    Probably more.
    I’m just glad Texas requires a voter ID.
    But even that can be circumvented.

  3. I guess Carter has been brain washed to believe the issue is absentee ballots or he’s lying. It’s not. It’s about the wide spread mail in voting where there is no accountability of who is voting or how many times under how many names. That’s the issue. Typical smoke and mirrors, trying to take attention away from the real problem – the Democrats setting up cheating and removing all accountability.

    It’s business as usual, like the Hillarrhoid doing official business on a private server to avoid accountability, then attempting to wipe the server and her staff smashing 13 phones with hammers. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats.

  4. I agree with absentee voting too.
    When they can’t physically make it to the polls.
    Strictly voting by mail – NO.

  5. Jimmy Carter is a good man and nice guy. But except for Osama he was the worst President in this countries history. So why would anyone want to take advice from him? Failed leadership and bad choices seem to have been his calling card.

  6. Mailed-out ballots (which are sent out unsolicited to registered voters) are different from absentee ballots (which must be requested by the voter). I believe Jimmy Carter has been using an absentee ballot (solicited), not a mailed-out ballot (unsolicited). The only thing they have in common is that they may arrive in the mail, and ultimately get mailed in; the absentee ballot requires the extra step of requesting it (and presumably more motivation on the part of the voter because of the extra effort). The original article muddies this distinction.

  7. still trying to ignore the difference between ‘absentee’ and wide spread ‘mail-in’ to every name in the state

  8. “When they mail out ballots to people who didn’t request an absentee allot” SherlockHomeless

    Hey, SherlockHomeless? I am confused by that statement.

    Name which states mail out absentee ballots to voters who DON’T request one. With your extensive investigation skills, you must already know the answer to that pertinent question, right.

  9. I don’t think the absentee ballots are the real issue. When they mail out ballots to people who didn’t request an absentee allot is begging for voter fraud.

  10. He years they have been pointing out this guys mental health…

    Three years ago…

    You know the Democrats are desperate when they have to drag old Jimmy Carter off his deathbed to take a shot at the Supreme Court justices Kavanaugh….

    And here they drag him back out. Why do Democrats keep trying to depend on these losers.

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