The difference between mail-in ballots, which are sent to everyone, and absentee ballots, which must be requested in most states is key to understanding what the ruckus over the election is really about:
There is a distinction between absentee ballots and mail-in ballots, which if you are not familiar with will help you understand what the ruckus over the election is really about, which is an entirely legitimate concern. The most annoying and untruthful thing that “the left” has been saying, even before the court cases were heard, is that “there is no evidence, there is no evidence.” There is a lot of evidence, but you have to hear the evidence in its entirety before dismissing it. Covid was used as an unbelievable excuse to allow additional, mail-in voting, NOT absentee balloting, which is legit. Covid is also the excuse used not to entertain legal arguments that might claim mail-in ballots can be considered illicit when done in large enough numbers AND WHEN STATES HAVE NOT MADE PRIOR ADJUSTMENTS AND PROVISIONS WITHIN FEDERAL AND STATE GUIDELINES FOR SUCH CHANGES.
What is an absentee ballot?
“Let’s start with some election basics. Normally, most US voters cast their ballots in person in a polling booth at a polling place/station based on where they are registered to vote. A ballot is the physical form (or electronic voting machine equivalent) that a voter fills out; it lists the candidates, issues, and so on that a person votes on. An absentee ballot is a ballot used to cast an absentee vote, which is submitted, usually by mail, by an absentee. Absentee, here, refers to a person who can’t physically be present at a voting center on Election Day. Absentee voting in America goes back to the Civil War era, and every state allows this kind of voting in some form—and federal law, in fact, requires ballots be sent to military and overseas voters for federal elections.
To get an absentee ballot, a registered voter must request one through their state government, which accepts or rejects the application. When someone is approved to vote absentee, election officials mail the voter an absentee ballot, which they complete and sign, and return by mail or, under certain circumstances, fax. Officials can reject absentee ballots if they are improperly filled out, and voters face steep penalties if they falsify any information.
All states, again, send absentee ballots to military and overseas voters who request them. In 16 states*, an absentee ballot is the only form of voting through the mail that is allowed by law, and the voter is required to give a reason why they can’t go to a voting location on Election Day. Exact rules vary, but qualifying reasons may include the following:
· Being out of the county where they are registered to vote
· Being a student living outside of the county
· Having an illness or disability
· Working or being on jury duty during voting hours
· Serving as an election worker or poll watcher
· Having religious beliefs or practices that prevent them from going to a voting center
· Being in prison but still able to vote”
So, what is a mail-in ballot?
“Five states—Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, and Hawaii—already conduct their elections through a mail-in process that’s often referred to as all-mail voting. Registered voters in these states automatically receive a mail ballot, which is sent to their address before Election Day and mailed back by the voter or deposited at a voting location or secure dropbox by a certain time on Election Day. In these states, the term absentee ballot can specifically refer to a ballot that is requested by a voter who will be out of the state (e.g., for college, traveling, etc.) at the time of the election, and so can’t receive their ballot at their registered address.
So, what is the problem? Due to Covid, (which is a largely manufactured problem to begin with) some states changed their rules on the fly to allow mail-in-balloting, which is not scrutinized with the same degree of efficiency as all other forms of voting. Covid enabled mail-in-balloting to an unprecedented degree and claiming that Covid made it impossible to go the polls is just pure nonsense.
Remember that 2020 was a historic election in that more than half of all votes cast were submitted by mail. Of course, COVID was blamed, but the unprecedented number of vote-by-mail ballots was ripe for fraud. And, no surprise, many states that didn’t start counting until Election Day were overwhelmed.
…Even the NY Times and the Washington Post admitted vote-by-mail was risky … until Trump was on the ballot. In 2005, a bipartisan commission co-chaired by former President Carter confirmed that vote-by-mail “remain[s] the largest source of potential voter fraud.”