May 1, 2020
Authors:Hans von Spakovsky and J. Adams
There is unprecedented pressure being brought to bear on election officials by the media, liberal advocacy organizations, and legislators like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) to hold an all-mail election in November. Even assuming that COVID-19 will still be an issue six months from now, states will have the funds and resources needed to implement all protective health protocols recommended by experts for polling places. The recent Wisconsin elections and the Liberian elections during the Ebola outbreak are successful examples of how this can be done. We should not put the ballots of all Americans into the hands of the U.S. Postal Service—at least not if we want to have faith in the security and integrity of the outcome.
KEY TAKEAWAYSAmerica and other nations, including Liberia during the Ebola epidemic, have successfully conducted free and fair elections during health crises.
With sufficient resources, states can take the necessary precautions to ensure voters are safe while casting their ballots in the 2020 elections.
We must not put the ballots of all Americans into the hands of the U.S. Postal Service if we are to have faith in the security and integrity of the outcome.
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