Fights spurred by coronavirus by mail and postal vote are coming to Congress – ABOUT MAG 2020

vote by email and supporting the US Postal Service in the $ 2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus account. “data-reactid =” 16 “> In March, Democrats made an effort to raise money for vote by email and supporting the US Postal Service on the $ 2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus account.

The final package included much less than they wanted: $ 10 billion in additional loan authority for the USPS and $ 400 million in electoral security financing.

This time, Democrats have stepped up their efforts and it may be one of the most challenging issues ahead, as policymakers are trying to design a phase 4 stimulus package in the coming weeks.

is being mentioned as a possible running mate for Joe Biden. “I believe that the next CARES package should include funding for our states to start voting more by mail,” she said in an interview with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday. Making the option viable in the fall “can only happen if the federal government invests in our states today,” she said. “Data-reactid =” 19 “> On one side of the question, there are figures like Stacey Abrams, who is being mentioned as a possible running mate for Joe Biden. “I believe that the next CARES package should include funding for our states to start voting more by mail,” she said in an interview with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday. Making the option viable until the fall “can only happen if the federal government invests in our states today,” she said.

In Wisconsin, the face-to-face vote took place on April 7 and featured long lines amid a shortage of research workers. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

On the other side of the issue, President Trump opposed the increase in voting by mail and underestimated efforts to increase USPS funding. “This is a new one,” he said on April 7, adding sarcastically, “Now I’m the end of the postal service.”

currently is, the postal service could run out of money before the November elections. The $ 400 million in electoral security can be used for e-mail voting – but it can also be spent on things like cleaning voting machines. “Data-reactid =” 41 “> How currently is, the postal service could run out of money before the November elections. The $ 400 million in electoral security can be used for e-mail voting – but it can also be spent on things like ballot box cleaning.

currently holds elections entirely by mail: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah. Many others offer what is known as “no reason”, absentee voting as an option. & nbsp; The left-wing Brennan Center for Justice estimates that it will cost between $ 982 million and $ 1.4 billion to ensure that every voter has an email voting option. “data-reactid =” 45 “> Five states currently holds elections entirely by mail: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah. Many others offer what is known as “no reason”, absentee voting as an option. The left-wing Brennan Center for Justice estimates that it will cost between $ 982 million and $ 1.4 billion to ensure that every voter has an email voting option.

Abrams has been an important voice for Democrats on the issue since his candidacy for governor of Georgia in 2018 ended in a narrow loss, in his view, marked by voter repression.

changing the system, saying: “voting by mail is so critical, because we need to ensure that as many people as possible can access their ballot without putting their lives at risk”. “data-reactid =” 47 “> It is focused on changing the system, saying: “voting by mail is so critical, because we need to ensure that as many people as possible can access their ballot without putting their lives at risk”.

supposedly suggested $ 2 billion for additional voting systems in the next legislation and there are a number of Democratic proposals circulating on Capitol Hill. “data-reactid =” 48 “> Mayor, Nancy Pelosi supposedly suggested $ 2 billion for additional voting systems in the next legislation and there are a number of Democratic proposals floating around the Capitol.

stand-alone invoice expand absent without excuse – vote by email – to all states. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has been publicizing her “Plan to save the election”And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) asked for the absence of excuses for absentees, letter to the Senate leadership On thursday. “data-reactid =” 49 “> Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a stand-alone invoice expand voting without excuse for absence to all states. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has been publicizing her “Plan to save the election”And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for the absentee vote without excuse in a letter to the Senate leadership On thursday.

The president, along with his Republican colleagues, argued against additional funding. “The ballots sent are corrupt, in my opinion,” Trump said recently.

Senate Republicans also don’t seem enthusiastic about accepting the vote by email. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), in an interview with Yahoo Finance, said: “I can say in Texas, the experience with absentee ballots is that absentee ballots are particularly ripe with opportunities for electoral fraud.”

there were reports of fraud electoral assistants – called politiqueros in Texas – who allegedly forged absentee ballots. The charges were highlighted by a prominent Texas Republican Commentator. “data-reactid =” 54 “> Cruz pointed to the so-called ballot harvest. there were reports of fraud electoral assistants – called politiqueros in Texas – who allegedly forged absentee ballots. The charges were highlighted by a prominent Texas Republican Commentator.

It is common practice across the country that political campaigns in both parties have volunteers to help voters register absentee ballots, depending on what the laws allow.

responded to allegations of widespread problems, noting that “cases of electoral fraud through ballots by mail or absent are more common than fraud by [but] the number of known cases is relatively rare. ”& Nbsp;” data-reactid = “60”> Fact checkers have responded to allegations of widespread problems, noting that “cases of electoral fraud through ballots by mail or absent are more common than fraud by [but] the number of known cases is relatively rare. ”

Abrams counters Republican allegations of fraud, saying that we must “recognize that electoral fraud is almost non-existent in this country”. She adds: “almost all examples of electoral fraud are largely attributable to confusion or errors”.

Trump also made it clear that he is concerned about what any change in the system would mean for Republican electoral prospects.

in an interview with Fox News discuss Democratic initiatives taken out of the phase 3 agreement. “They had things – voting levels that, if you agreed, would never again have an elected Republican in this country.” “Data-reactid =” 63 “>” The things they had there were crazy, Trump said in an interview with Fox News discuss Democratic initiatives taken out of the phase 3 agreement. “They had things – voting levels that, if you agreed, would never have an elected Republican in this country again.”

found a modest impact. Increases in participation tend to favor Democratic candidates. “Data-reactid =” 64 “> Academics studied the issue of voting by email and participation and found a modest impact. Increases in participation tend to favor Democratic candidates.

called for expanding the vote by mail and considers Trump’s opposition “absolutely ridiculous”. Former First Lady Michelle Obama also recently announced a new group Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to oppose Trump in the fall, has focused on the absent vote. “data-reactid =” 65 “> called for expanding the vote by mail and considers Trump’s opposition “absolutely ridiculous”. Former First Lady Michelle Obama also recently announced a new group focused on absent voting.

range of issues with mail volume (and accompanying revenue) below 50% this year. “data-reactid =” 67 “> The USPS is facing a range of issues with mail volume (and accompanying revenue) below 50% this year.

House Democrats pushed to eliminate outstanding service debt and allocated $ 25 billion to bolster their finances. They also wanted to repeal a rule that required the Postal Service to pre-finance retirement health benefits for employees.

Deputy Gerry Connolly, D-Va., Talks to reporters in October. (Caroline Brehman / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

co-authored a letter the House leadership this time asking for similar provisions. “data-reactid =” 89 “> Deputy Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, said in a recent interview that, behind the scenes, Trump was personally instrumental in killing the aid to the USPS. co-authored a letter the House leadership this time asking for similar provisions.

When Trump was asked about Connolly’s accusation that he personally canceled the funding for the USPS, he bypassed the issue and focused on arguing that companies like Amazon take advantage of the Post Office. He says the USPS needs to raise prices to cover its budget deficits.

Pelosi disagrees. “In this next project, we will have to do the Postal Service,” she told reporters recently, adding that he was “directly related” to the e-mail voting initiative.

Yahoo Finance interview: “I think that the attacks on the post office cannot be seen without also recognizing the attacks on the principle of voting by mail.” “Data-reactid =” 92 “> Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) tied everything directly together – from the Democrats’ perspective – in a recent Yahoo Finance interview: “I think that the attacks on the post office cannot be seen without also recognizing the attacks on the principle of voting by mail”.

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