As Democratic leaders push for mail-in voting options ahead of November’s presidential election, President Donald Trump has repeatedly described the process as vulnerable to fraud.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced this week that the party would be referring to the option as “voting at home,” emphasizing her intention of providing voters a safer way to cast their ballots on Election Day.
With the election nearly six months away and states already in some stage of reopening from coronavirus-related shutdowns, many elected officials still cite an uncertain future in advocating for mail-in ballots.
“A small price to pay”
Pelosi has advocated for $3.6 billion in funding for associated costs to be included in the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion relief bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.
“We’re now calling it voting at home because that’s what it’s all about — enabling people to vote at home,” she said in an interview with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Pelosi echoed the concerns of others in her party, asserting that mail-in voting is “a small price to pay for our democracy and the good health of people going to the polls.”
She then turned her attention to the GOP, saying members of the party “don’t support the resources, then they have stood in the way of voting, which is in keeping with their voter suppression in general.”
For his part, Trump insists his opposition to the voting option is the potential that the process could be corrupted.
“This will be a Rigged Election”
“The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one,” the president tweeted on Tuesday. “That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!”
Nevertheless, Pelosi has held to her position that voters Americans “should not have to choose between voting and preserving their good health and that of their families.”
It seems clear that there is little room for agreement between the White House and the Democratic-led House. For Trump and many of his supporters, nothing short of an in-person vote at a polling place on November 3 will do.