The Coronavirus Pandemic and Voting by Mail

Headline Roundup April 27th, 2020

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic emerged in the middle of the 2020 primary process, triggering some renewed calls for voting by mail, as well as concerns about election security.

Many left-rated voices advocated for vote by mail, arguing for its convenience and purported necessity for working people, the elderly, and those with disabilities. Many right-rated outlets rebuked vote by mail, with some citing voting security concerns, and others criticizing prominent Democratic backers for pushing for additional ballots in non-English languages.

From the Left

A huge surge in voting by mail is coming whether states prepare for it or not — and without clear direction from the federal government, states are preparing to muscle through their own changes to get ready for the glut of mail ballots coming their way in November.

Wisconsin’s conflict-ridden April 7 elections went off without the state government making any major policy changes to encourage absentee voting, but more than two-thirds of voters cast their votes via the mail anyway, many times higher than the 12 percent absentee voting...

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From the Center

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ support for mail-in voting has jumped amid concerns about the safety of polling places during the coronavirus pandemic, but a wide partisan divide suggests President Donald Trump’s public campaign against vote by mail may be resonating with his Republican backers.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Democrats are now much more likely than Republicans to support their state conducting elections exclusively by mail, 47% to 29%.

In 2018, about half as many Democrats were in favor, and there was...

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From the Right

The Brennan Center for Justice, which is heavily financed by George Soros, is calling for Democrats to spend $250 million to educate voters about any changes that will allow vote-by-mail in the upcoming presidential election, advocating an advertising campaign about those changes in non-English languages.

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