Michelle Obama is leading an initiative to cast ballots by mail — a system that critics warn could be “devastated” by fraud and forever fundamentally tilt U.S. elections in the favor of liberal lawmakers.
When We All Vote, the Obama-backed initiative, is pushing for nationwide voting by mail, more early in-person voting, and online voter registration.
When We All Vote’s announcement also comes amid serious opposition by President Donald Trump and others to mail-in voting.
“Putting the election in the hands of the United States Postal Service would be a catastrophe,” J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, warned The Washington Examiner.
“In 2018 and 2016, there were 16 million missing and misdirected ballots. These represent 16 million opportunities for someone to cheat. Absentee ballot fraud is the most common, the most expensive to investigate, and can never be reversed after an election,” Adams said.
“The status quo was already bad for mail balloting,” he said. “The proposed emergency fix is worse.”
Obama, a co-chair of When We All Vote, said expanding access to vote-by-mail, online voter registration, and early voting are long overdue “critical steps for this moment.”
“Americans should never have to choose between making their voices heard and keeping themselves and their families safe,” she said in a statement. “There is nothing partisan about striving to live up to the promise of our country: making the democracy we all cherish more accessible, and protecting our neighbors, friends and loved ones as they participate in this cornerstone of American life.”
Mrs. Obama’s role with the group is her most high-profile effort since she left the White House in early 2017.
Besides Obama, the mail-in and drop-box voting push is being supported by other liberal groups — notably The Brennan Center for Justice, which is funded in part by billionaire George Soros.
“The Brennan Center for Justice, which is heavily financed by George Soros, is advocating the use of drop boxes to deposit ballots on voting day this November as part of a suggested overhaul of the U.S. voting system due to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic,” Breitbart reported.
The most prominent recent voting fraud case occurred in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in 2018, when a former Democratic consultant — hired by a GOP candidate — was linked to an effort to tamper with absentee ballots.
When We All Vote says expanded access to vote-by-mail could be the only safe and secure option for some Americans, especially those living under state orders to stay at home during the Wuhan virus pandemic.
Early in-person voting will allow ballots to be cast without jeopardizing social distancing guidelines, the group said. It presents online voting as a safe and secure option that would continue a trend of conducting government business online, saving public money and reducing errors in the voter rolls.
Election Day is Nov. 3