Maricopa County elections official Deborah Atkins places a “vote” sign outside a polling station prior to it’s opening, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
The Coronavirus outbreak in the United States has not only altered our daily lives but has altered the presidential contest as well.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is holed up in his home in Wilmington trying to stay relevant while not making any major speaking gaffes from his new home television studio.
The once impressive momentum from his South Carolina and Super Tuesday victories has evaporated, which has, of course, given Bernie Sanders and his supporters the fuel to continue his maverick campaign.
The President has recorded his highest approval ratings ever during this crisis which is mainly due to his daily press conferences with his Coronavirus task team.
Even more troubling for the Biden campaign is that Democrat voters are not enthusiastic about him or his campaign. Fifteen percent of Bernie Sanders supporters say they will vote for Trump if Biden is the eventual nominee.
During presidential election cycles, the Democrats have shown a propensity to telegraph well in advance what their election strategy will be against their Republican opponent.
In 2012, the “war against women” began during a January Republican debate when moderator George Stephanopoulos brought up out of the blue the banning of contraceptives by the states.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Governor Romney, do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception? Or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?
MITT ROMNEY: George, this is an unusual topic that you’re raising. States have a right to ban contraception? I can’t imagine a state banning contraception. I can’t imagine the circumstances where a state would want to do so, and if I were a governor of a state or…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, the Supreme Court has ruled —
And just three months later, the Washington Post opined that Mitt Romney had a “women problem.“
In 2020, the Democrats are telegraphing that election fraud and voter disenfranchisement – particularly with absentee ballots – will be this cycle’s red herrings to throw doubt on the outcome of the presidential election.
Many states are anticipating that the Coronavirus outbreak will not have substantially subsided by November. As a backup, several states are now formulating plans to have their elections conducted entirely by mail-in ballots.
Vote-by-mail ballots are more likely to be rejected than other ballots because of problems like signature mismatches. We also know that rejection rates for signature mismatches can disproportionately affect minority voters. Some states do not alert a voter whose ballot has been rejected about the rejection, failing to give the voter a chance to cure something like a purported signature mismatch. Signature matching is also a notoriously subjective endeavor. Even before the corona virus pandemic, the issue has led to litigation over whether those voters are being unconstitutionally denied their right to vote. Some disabled voters, meanwhile, may need to vote at physical polling places because they lack the physical ability to fill out a ballot at home. These voters too risk disenfranchisement. And in the 11 states without online voter registration, even registering to vote in time for the election may pose a great challenge if government offices are closed or maintaining only limited hours.
Another potential pitfall with mail-in voting this fall is the controversial tactic of “ballot harvesting” and fraud. Ballot harvesting is the controversial tactic blamed for the flip of traditionally Republican Orange County in California from red to blue in 2018.
“In California, by contrast, Democrats exulted as they credited a quietly passed 2016 law legalizing ballot-harvesting with their recent sweep of House seats in the former Republican stronghold of Orange County, thereby helping them win control of the House… In Orange County, an estimated 250,000 harvested ballots were reportedly dropped off on Election Day alone. County Republican Chairman Fred Whitaker claimed the 2016 law “directly caused the switch from being ahead on election night to losing two weeks later.”
Ballot harvesting is an important tool in the Democrats’ vote-stealing arsenal. It’s so important that Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to insert a provision into the stimulus bill to fund more of it!
The reelection of Donald Trump will be the liberal Democrats’ worse nightmare and I believe they will pull out all the stops to thwart it.
Although we are all preoccupied with the Coronavirus and keeping ourselves and our families safe, we must stay vigilant and motivated in order to secure fair elections in November.