The coronavirus has already had a major impact on the 2020 election.
Several states have canceled their primaries amid fears of too many Americans being in close contact.
Now, California has reversed a longstanding policy and will allow voters to vote by mail in upcoming special elections.
To avoid spreading coronavirus, normal voting is no longer happening in the Golden State. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom made sure of that in an executive order he signed Friday.
The press release continued:
The order also extends the deadlines for ballot counting, tabulation, and other responsibilities related to the official canvass of California’s Presidential Primary Election that could risk undermining social distancing measures, and suspends the timeframes for public hearings required by political subdivisions that are in the process of changing from an at-large method of election to district elections.
The governor’s office said the purpose of the order is to protect public health and safety during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
The special elections “shall each be held as an all-mail ballot election and conducted according to those provisions of the Elections Code that govern all-mail ballot elections,” the order’s text read.
The document continued:
The respective county elections officials responsible for conducting each respective election shall transmit vote-by-mail ballots to all voters eligible to vote in each respective election. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Order, elections officials are also authorized, and encouraged, to make in-person voting opportunities available on or before Election Day for each of these elections in a manner consistent with public health and safety, to maximize voter accessibility.
Elections officials shall provide maximum possible notice to voters about how to participate in each of these elections, paying particular attention to the needs of voters at high risk from COVID-19, individuals with disabilities, and other voters with particularized needs.
While vote by mail may be necessary in times like these, the system still raises many concerns about its vulnerability to fraud.
Despite the dangers, Hillary Clinton urged government leaders on Twitter recently to “make voting by mail the norm going forward”:
Congress needs to act to make voting by mail the norm going forward, with the specifics outlined by election expert Marc Elias below to make it accessible for all. https://t.co/K2TlHIJx2d
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 18, 2020
Several states already allow voting by mail, though Republicans have warned that California’s system is vulnerable to fraud and illegal votes being counted.
In California, arguably the most liberal state in America, Democrats legalized a system called “ballot harvesting,” which allows unverified third parties to deliver each other’s ballots.
This, in turn, has allowed party organizers to bring thousands of ballots to be counted.
So while this is only happening in California, it may open the door to other states allowing this — which could welcome and allow thousands of illegal votes to be cast in America’s elections.
Why is this such a big deal? Here’s one example.
In the 2016 election, President Donald Trump received 2,279,543 votes in Michigan compared to Hillary Clinton’s 2,268,839 — which represents a difference of 10,704 votes.
Trump won the swing state by less than 11,000 votes, yet a recent audit found that there were 32,519 people in Detroit alone who are registered to vote when they should not be.
That’s one state.
Imagine how much voter fraud could take place across the country if all the ballots are mail-in and no one has to actually verify themselves and information before casting a vote.