House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, said Wednesday that mail-in voting is a “more Democratic” option for the American people, many of which will mail-in ballots in the November election amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, in an interview with MSNBC.
“We’re now calling it voting at home because that’s really what it’s all about, enabling people to vote at home,” she explained. “And, in the legislation, we have additional funds, $3.6 billion, which is what is necessary for us to conduct an election, which follows some of our encouragements that every voter would receive an absentee ballot, that there would be same-day registration, that for those who need to vote on election day, whether its disabilities or concerns about their ballots, etc. that there would be safe opportunities for them to do so well in advance of election day, but inadequate locations that are safe.”
Pelosi added, “This becomes a health issue as we saw in Wisconsin. Standing in those lines, for that amount of time, going to places that are enclosed is dangerous to your health, and, again, vote by mail is more Democratic, it gives people more options, it removes obstacles and barriers to voting, which is what we want to do by voting at home. Essential to it is a lively, thriving postal system.”
The House passed the Heroes Act Friday, which includes $3.6 billion for mail-in voting. It will move to the Senate for a vote expected after the Memorial Day recess. Howevre, Republicans in the Senate argue that the bill is a nonstarter because it includes ‘wish list’ spending, including cutting checks to illegal immigrants and promoting cannabis reform.
Many of the Republicans are also arguing that the mail-in voting provision is an invitation for fraud. During a Wednesday press conference, President Donald Trump warned of the issue and threatened to withhold funding from states who choose to “go down this voter fraud path” as he battles with states like Michigan and Nevada.
Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020