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New York primary forecasts mail-in voting nightmare for November election, results took six weeks

It promises to be a nightmare in November.

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A Democrat congressional primary in New York that featured mail-in voting went so badly that earlier this week the president thought the election should be redone.

“I think you probably have to take the Carolyn Maloney race and run it over again,” Trump said. The election was finally called on Tuesday, more than six weeks after the vote. Can you imagine the havoc if that happens in the November presidential election?

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“This is a small race, and it’s all messed up,” Trump said. “It’s a mess. Nobody knows what’s happening. … It’s a total disaster.” And speaking on the general efficiency of the U.S. Postal Service the president said, “The post office loses money on every package it delivers, which is ridiculous.” But the president has no problem with absentee ballots, “Absentee ballots are great. They go through a process. You have to request them. But the universal mail-in ballots have turned out to be a disaster.”

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Due to budget constraints the U.S. Postal Service recently admitted in an internal memo, “One aspect of these changes that may be difficult for employees is that – temporarily – we may see mail left behind or mail on the workroom floor or docks (in P&DCs), which is not typical.” Think of November ballots “left behind” on the floor or on the docks and with that the massive chance for ballot manipulation and corruption.

The head of the postal workers union also commented, “Anytime the mail slows down, it’s harder for the postal workers to serve the customers, whether it’s a mail ballot or anything else. So, again, we’re just absolutely opposed to any effort to slow down mail, to delay mail. And that includes, obviously, for the ballots as well.” Not exactly a ringing vote of confidence in mail-in voting. What were the eventual results after the 6 weeks?

The New York Times reported, “After six weeks of delays, the New York City Board of Elections confirmed results in a congressional race on Tuesday evening, delivering victory to a longtime Democratic incumbent. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, 74, narrowly brushed back a primary challenge from Suraj Patel, 36. The longtime incumbent just managed to sidestep a wave of youthful progressivism that has tilted New York’s congressional delegation to the left. The extensive delays in declaring winners had stirred significant concerns about the problems facing officials trying to conduct elections during the coronavirus outbreak. New York City’s handling of the primary has been used as fodder by President Trump to raise questions about whether the nation is ready for the general election in November…Ms. Maloney’s race against Mr. Patel was also marred by a dispute that wound up in federal court, where a judge in Manhattan ruled late Monday that elections officials must count at least 1,000 disputed mail-in ballots in their race, even though they did not have accurate or extant postmarks…Although city elections officials certified the results, they did not release updated vote totals.”

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That read like an RNC press release. But it was from the ultraliberal New York Times. That’s the consensus on how bad mail-in voting serves the electoral process. Even the race winner took a subtle shot at mail-in voting. Rep. Maloney said it was a “historic election, with historic turnout and participation, and a historic wait time for results.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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