Washington: The 2020 U.S. President election is scheduled for November 3, but so far there is no notice on the postal vote. While President Donald Trump has called it a threat, the opposition insists on holding postal ballot elections.
Trump argues that there is a possibility of fraud by voting by mail. However, experts have denied this. According to him, postal voting is completely safe and there are many criteria set for a mail to be counted as a vote, so the possibility of disruption is negligible.
The last election was also
Postal voting is not new to the United States. One in four Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election. Experts say the routine method and decentralized nature of U.S. elections make it very difficult to manipulate mail-in ballots. According to him, the letter in vote should be fully adopted given the Corona crisis. This will avoid a long line of voters, which will reduce the risk of the infection spreading.
No fear of foreign forces
Election experts say it is almost impossible to disrupt elections by sending out bogus ballots by foreign powers. Because if the ballots are not printed on the correct type of paper and do not have a specific technical mark, they are not included in the count. Other than that, according to state rules, voters must sign on the outside of the envelope, which matches their records.
About 29 states and the District of Columbia allow voters to track their ballots. Likewise, fourteen states and Washington DC give their constituents the option that if they don’t want to mail the ballot, they can come and deliver it to themselves. A separate staff is appointed to open the voting envelopes. In other words, the employees who scan the ballots do not have the task of opening the envelopes. In addition, external supervisors also monitor the process to ensure transparency.
Only 14 cases
The Conservative Heritage Foundation, which warns against postal voting, discovered after scouring Oregon electoral history that fraud was reported in just 14 postal voting cases out of 15.5 million ballots. vote. Experts say such apprehension can be overcome by adopting rules implemented by 11 states that voters must obtain the signatures of any witnesses before returning the ballot.
… but there are some flaws
Like other voting procedures, the postal voting process also has some flaws. About 1% of the ballots were rejected in the 2016 election due to late arrival, non-signing or other reasons. In some states, this figure was as high as 5%. Some experts also claim that correcting postal voting errors can be more difficult. According to him, postal ballets can create additional barriers for those who do not speak English or are disabled.