Absentee Ballots—Do We Need Them Any Longer?

2020 was ripe with larceny.

Many point to mail-in ballots associated with the Coronavirus as the main culprit of the voter fraud seen in 2020; however, it needs to be pointed out absentee ballots were abused as well.

In Wisconsin, where the Coronavirus mail-in ballots were not permitted—those seeking to steal the election turned to absentee ballots.

The question: Do we need remote voting of any kind including absentee ballot?

With the advent of same-day registration and early voting just how necessary are absentee ballots?

It is not whether absentee ballots are convenient, it is whether they are necessary.

Ironically, so many things regarding elections have changed in recent years, yet we have never addressed the issue of remote voting.

Are there conditions that require the ability to cast a ballot remotely?

Absolutely.

Those who are not ambulatory or are serving overseas in one capacity or another should not be deprived of their voice in U.S. elections.

However, absentee ballots have become abused to the point they do more harm than good.

Once a non-factor in elections, remote voting had a dramatic impact on the 2020 election and it looks like there is no end in sight.

The problem: The controls needed to prevent absentee ballots and any other form of remote voting from being abused have not kept pace with their usage.

In Dane and Milwaukee counties in Wisconsin, the Trump legal team asked and paid for a hand recount of the absentee ballots.

The premise from the Trump team—they believed absentee ballots had been misused.

From the election officials in Dane and Milwaukee—they interpreted the Trump request as a mere hand count—nothing more. (Read: Are the Foxes Guarding the Hen House)

There was no effort on the part of election officials to verify the signatures on record against those attached to the absentee ballots. (Read: Understanding the Mail-in Ballot Process)

In effect, the election officials took each absentee vote as gospel—they never challenged the veracity of those votes.

If there are checks and balances—but no one applies those checks and balances—what good are they?

It’s beyond belief county election officials didn’t check the signatures of the absentee ballots against those on record—but apparently that has been how Dane and Milwaukee have processed absentee ballots.

The issue: Remote voting has become such a large part of the election process, and continues to grow, yet as evident in Wisconsin’s Dane and Milwaukee counties there is no one verifying whether this election tool is being misused or abused.

If America wants to hold fair and honest elections in the future, it needs to address how to protect remote voting from being abused.

Does that mean doing away with absentee voting?

No, but 2020 clearly demonstrated greater restrictions are necessary.

In Michigan, it was reported nearly 10,000 dead Michiganders voted in 2020—this was only possible with remote voting.

The dead didn’t vote in person. (Read: 10,000 Dead Michiganders Key to Exposing Voter Fraud)

There should never have been the opportunity for anyone to request a ballot for someone who was no longer living.

Why were the dead left on voter registries in Michigan in the first place?

Given what we witnessed in 2020, changes are needed if Americans are to have faith in the election process.

First among the changes is a dramatic rethinking of remote voting.

Remote voting should be treated as a privilege.

As a privilege, those who choose to make use of remote voting should be willing to endure a higher level of scrutiny for this privilege.

The greatest good, for the greatest number, for the largest time.

Gifford Pinchot

The motto of the first head of the U.S. Forest Service should guide our thinking in our approach to election reforms.

Mr. Pinchot, tasked with managing American’s great natural resources, followed the motto of working to the greater good for all.

His mindset was to ensure the forests of America be managed in a manner no single interest was served over another—that all Americans should be served, hence—for the greater good.  

We should follow Mr. Pinchot’s motto in regard to remote voting. We should not deny anyone their right to vote—but neither should we take away the rights of others in our attempt to be inclusive.

There must be a balance—for the greater good of all.