Nancy Pelosi and the House of Representatives returned from their August recess early to vote in a rare Saturday session to reverse changes made in Postal operations. The measure, a $25 billion postal funding package was passed yesterday in order to shore up the agency ahead of the November election.
Donald Trump has claimed that if the bill passes through the Republican controlled Senate, he will veto the legislation. Trump has been pushing the false narrative that mail-in voting will increase the chances of voter fraud, especially by Democrats this November.
His latest attack on mail-in voting is on mail drop boxes or ballot drop boxes. An easy and safe way to drop off your ballots without having to be exposed to people with possible Covid-19 infections. Trump on the other hand sees things differently.
He tweeted this morning “So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster. Among other things, they make it possible for a person to vote multiple times. Also, who controls them, are they placed in Republican or Democrat areas?” Typical Trump bologna. Then he continued “They are not Covid sanitized. A big fraud!”
Indeed, voting in person? No problem. Sending your kids back to school? No problem. Voting by putting an envelope in a metal box you don’t have to touch with no one around? Problem… Understandably, “not Covid” is trending on twitter this morning. All of a sudden, Trump cares about Corona-virus transmission.
George Conway of the Lincoln Project countered the President’s nonsense by assuring everyone that voting via drop box is simple, safe and coronavirus friendly. “Recently I dropped my wife’s primary ballot off in a dropbox in front of the Bergen County, NJ municipal building. There were security officers there. The dropbox was clean, but I didn’t have to touch it because there was a narrow, clearly marked slot to put the ballot in!’
After threatening to veto the $25 billion postal funding package, Trump went on to tell Senate Republicans to reject the measure, then added: ‘Then fight the $51 million unasked for Ballots. Only ABSENTEE BALLOTS are acceptable!’
Absentee ballots and mail-in ballots are the exact same thing…
The U.S. Postal Service has it’s problems, mostly thanks to a bipartisan bill to fund postal worker pensions 75 years in advance. A $25 billion emergency postal funding package seems like a lot of money, but in the richest and so-called freest country in the world, you would think it’s a small price to pay for a free and fair election. Of course, only one party actually wants that.