Obama Says Mail-In Voting ‘Shouldn’t Be a Partisan Issue’

Former President Barack Obama (D) is speaking out in support of absentee ballots. 

“Voting by mail shouldn’t be a partisan issue––especially during a pandemic,” Obama wrote in a tweet on Monday. “Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election.”

He shared an NPR story on the controversy around mail-in voting. 

He also encouraged Americans to register to vote and shared a link that gives people information on how to request an absentee ballot.

Obama’s tweet comes as several states have moved to expand access to absentee ballots to ensure that Americans can cast their vote without risking exposure to the coronavirus at polling stations.

While Obama is calling for expanded access to absentee ballots, President Donald Trump has suggested that mail-in voting will lead to widespread fraud.

 In April, Trump took to Twitter to urge Republicans “fight very hard” against expanding access to mail-in ballots, “Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to statewide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it.”

“Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans,” he added.

And in May, he threatened to withhold funding to states that expanded mail-in voting, as IJR reported

“State of Nevada ‘thinks’ that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S.,” Trump said, adding, “They can’t! If they do, ‘I think’ I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections.”

Trump’s attacks on absentee ballots have drawn criticism from Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “I don’t know what he’s doing, and I don’t know if he knows what he’s doing. But what he’s doing is not right.”

“The fact is, as a former Chair of the California Democratic Party, I can tell you Republicans have always enjoyed much success with vote-by-mail,” she added.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany sought to clarify Trump’s stance on mail-in voting by stressing that he supports mail-in voting when people are out of state for work.

However, “What he’s not for is mass, mail-in voting, what Nancy Pelosi is asking for, which we know is subject to fraud.”

While Trump has argued that mail-in voting will lead to massive voter fraud, there is little evidence to support that claim. 

Responses

  1. I agree. Everybody should be able to REQUEST an absentee ballot. They should not be mailed out without a request which is what many states are doing.

  2. I am not accusing you of “lying again,” Screw.—just being confused. The cat, which had been dead for 12 (twelve) years, received AN APPLICATION for voter registration–not 12 applications.
    “Because multiple MI Democrats are charged with falsifying ballots”—WHO in Michigan other than Sharikia Hawkins, has been charged with election fraud?? One does not meet the definition of multiple” Perhaps you were confusing MI with NC–McCrae Dowless and 5 associates have been charged with voter fraud so extensive that it necessitated the 2018 election be denied certification and a re-do of the 9th district election was held. Dowless’ charges of voter fraud and obstruction of justice are for both the 2016 and 2018 elections. BUT Dowless did not work on behalf of D candidates, only R’s.

    I find it amusing that you mention “stolen ID’s and false papers” but believe voter ID is a solution to in-person voter fraud. You believe mail-in voting is fraudulent simply on the say of a known con man, the same con man that sold you on:
    “Mexico will pay for the wall”
    The idea that a “wall” will protect you from illegal entry of persons and drugs that 99% enter at legal points of entry.
    The tax cuts will pay for themselves.
    Trump will present only balanced budgets.
    Trump will pay off the debt in 8 years.
    Trump will release his taxes with the audit is finished.
    3-5 million illegal voters for Hillary in 2016
    No golf and no vacations.
    Trump had a replacement plan for Obamacare.
    “No campaign contacts with Russians”
    “No collusion. No obstruction” in the Mueller Report
    Trump did not know of Stormy Daniel’s NDA and payment source.
    “Red wave in 2018.”
    Mexico is paying for the wall and China is paying the Trump import tariff.
    COVID-19 is a “Democrat hoax” and a “media hoax.”
    Seriously, do I really need to provide you MORE?

  3. Sure Obozo. You’re lying again.
    Because…
    A DEAD cat received 12 (twelve) voter registrationsn in GA.
    Because multiple MI Democrats are charged with falsifying ballots.
    Because illegals receive automatic voting registration with driver licenses in so many Dim-controlled states (like OR). This leads to the bigger question of why they aren’t busted when applying for driver licenses. Oh right. Stolen IDs and false papers.

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