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Judge criticizes Mail Ballots

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 3/8/21

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has criticized the concept of mail ballots, arguing it raises the prospect of cheating.

As election administrators have long agreed, the risk of fraud …

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Judge criticizes Mail Ballots

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has criticized the concept of mail ballots, arguing it raises the prospect of cheating.

As election administrators have long agreed, the risk of fraud is vastly more prevalent for mail-in ballots because absentee voting replaces the oversight that exists at polling places with something akin to an honor system.

Thomas quoted Yale Law Dean, Heather Gerken, while discussing the Mail ballots issue which had become a focal point in the 2020 elections.

Dean Gerken explained in a New York Times article that “absentee voting allows for simpler and more effective alternatives to commit fraud on a larger scale, such as stealing absentee ballots or stuffing a ballot box, which explains why all the evidence of stolen elections involves absentee ballots and the like.”

Justice Thomas citing examples from 1993 in Pennsylvania and 2018 in North Carolina, wrote “fraud is more prevalent with mail-in ballots.”

Justice Alito, joined by Justice Gorsuch, wrote arguing the cases presented “an important and recurring constitutional question,” and that is whether the Elections or Electors Clauses of the United States Constitution “are violated when a state court holds that a state constitutional provision overrides a state statute governing the manner in which a federal election is to be conducted.”

“A decision would provide invaluable guidance for future elections,” Justice Alito wrote.

Mail ballots have indeed become popular, but the problems associated with it have created serious consequences that should be resolved before any future elections take place.

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