Democrats would love everyone to believe that fraud isn’t an issue when it comes to mail-in voting. But as we look to November, it’s already been proven to be a problem at least once.
According to The Hill, prosecutors are pressing charges of fraud against a West Virginia mail carrier after he allegedly made changes to a handful of mail-in ballots in the state.
Democrats should actually be thankful this one was caught: prosecutors say the mailman altered “party affiliations from Democrat to Republican on requests for absentee ballots,” The Hill reported Tuesday.
While processing the applications, a clerk noticed that eight forms appeared to have been changed. After being pressed by authorities, the mail carrier, Thomas Cooper, admitted to altering them, The Hill reported.
He reportedly did so with a black pen and, according to NBC Washington, stated that he was doing it “as a joke.”
Cooper served three different towns from where the ballots were mailed: Onego, Franklin, and Riverton, West Virginia.
According to The Hill, he has been charged with one count of violating a statute that imposes criminal penalties for anyone who “knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process, by…the procurement, casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held.”
This was “only” eight ballots and it was only in one state, but the incident just goes to show how easy it is for vote-by-mail elections to be corrupted.
Generally, absentee ballots make up only a very small percentage of votes, so this is not something that has been investigated on a broad scale.
However, with Democrats pushing widespread mail-in voting for the presidential election, it is now under the microscope.
President Donald Trump, for his part, has been adamant about the dangers of fraud if we go this route, as have many Republicans. Votes could be made illegally, magically disappear (how difficult would it be for a mail carrier to “lose” the ballots?), or simply take too long to count.
None of these consequences are acceptable, which is exactly why Republicans don’t want a general election to be determined by a mail-in vote. Hopefully, the GOP stands its ground on this one.