With over 100,000 Americans dead at the hands of the virus that's upended daily life in the United States, locals are scrambling for a way to allow their citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote without being forced to risk their health in long voting lines and packed polling places.
The most common suggestion is the expansion of remote voting efforts, such as mailing absentee ballots to each citizen, rather than an application. But President Donald Trump and his ilk insist that the ability to vote by mail shouldn't be expanded.
The President stepped up this opposition in recent days with lengthy Twitter rants against the practice, even prompting Twitter to fact check his claims—much to his chagrin.
So ridiculous to see Twitter trying to make the case that Mail-In Ballots are not subject to FRAUD. How stupid, the… https://t.co/XS7SBuRHth— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1590684240.0
There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will b… https://t.co/les5rPlDLQ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1590495473.0
....living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with… https://t.co/SvXc52LTlG— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1590495475.0
Lower voter turnout tends to benefit Republicans, so it's clear why Trump hopes to discourage mail-in voting.
The official position of the Trump administration is that mail-in—or absentee voting as it is called in the five states that don't already do all voting by mail—is only permissible when someone cannot get to the polls in person.
As the President's latest White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany has repeatedly echoed this position.
Interestingly enough, McEnany herself has voted by mail 11 times in the past 10 years. Like the President, Kayleigh is a resident of Florida, which allows its citizens to vote by mail without having to provide a reason.
McEnany was asked about the hypocrisy on Fox News.
McEnany claimed that she was traveling when casting her mail-in ballots, but that Democrats were asking for the automatic mailing of ballots to every citizen in the United States. Like they already do in Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah.
People weren't buying her distinction.
@scontorno The Trump McEnany position is that Trumpists should be able to vote by mail, but no one else!— Norman Ornstein (@Norman Ornstein)1590596306.0
@scontorno Is she legally a resident of Florida? Presumably she's been living in the DC area for several years.— Eric Columbus (@Eric Columbus)1590595967.0
@scontorno @Sifill_LDF Such hypocrisy and artifice from the artless @PressSec Kayleigh McEnany. There is a differe… https://t.co/CA1jpwz6h8— Louis R. Bridgeman (@Louis R. Bridgeman)1590597244.0
@scontorno In fairness, she’s old and sick and in active military service.— Seth Masket (@Seth Masket)1590597454.0
That didn't stop people from trying to cover for her.
@scontorno You're making it blatantly apparent that you aren't informed on this topic and you have ghost edited your story numerous times.— Caleb Hull (@Caleb Hull)1590600803.0
@scontorno Because she doesn't cheat; she requested the mail-in ballot, and Democrats do cheat.— Tim #MAGA 🐋 (@Tim #MAGA 🐋)1590596485.0
@scontorno Cry more lib— e-beth (@e-beth)1590600531.0
A recent report showed that Trump was at his resort in Florida during the state's early voting period. Nevertheless, he voted by mail in its primary.