The current pandemic is being used by political partisans to promote fraud-prone mail-in balloting in order to undermine electoral integrity, election law experts say.
Republicans are growing increasingly concerned about the fresh push for voting-by-mail as prominent Democrats lobby for universal mail-in balloting nationwide.
On May 15, the Democrat-controlled House passed the $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, which would give states and localities $3.6 billion to make their election systems safe for voters and poll workers while pandemic conditions persist. The measure seems unlikely to be approved by the Republican-dominated Senate.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told MSNBC on March 16 that states should allow residents to vote by mail in the remaining Democratic presidential primaries to help reduce the spread of the CCP virus.
Former Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said in a tweet March 18 that the virus is giving greater urgency to calls to “make voting by mail the norm.”