In his April 9 article in the Times-Daily, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne accuses our president of attempting to use the coronavirus pandemic to tilt electoral outcomes.

This is a favorite tactic of the communists, which is often employed by the Democrats — accusing others of what they themselves are doing.

The Democrats want the mail-in ballots so that they can engage in a form of ballot harvesting. Their insistence on mail-in voting has the same motive as their resistance to voter I.D. laws and border control. Illegals are voting in our elections and they no doubt vote largely for Democrats.

California passed a law in 2016 that allows any person to collect a mail-in ballot from a voter and turn in the ballot to a polling place or the registrar’s office.

If the Democrats get their way, this or a similar law will be in effect for the nation.

The prior California law restricted the practice to relatives or those living in the same household as the voter.

Euell White

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Walter Bradford

Absentee Ballots have been with America since the early 1770s. Absentee Ballots saw great use during The American Civil War when President Lincoln (A Republican) saw the need so that Union Soldiers could vote without having to return to their states to do so. WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the Twenty Years War have all employed mail in ballots. I'm shocked that Republicans would now be against such a tool that they initially proposed and have done so for hundreds of years. In some ways, the process is more secure and we won't have to worry about the Russians spoiling the outcome of the results as we did in 2016. These uses were as a result of very unusual national circumstances, just as we see here today with COVID-19. Walter A. Bradford

Darryl Swindle

Absentee ballots and vote by mail are completely different

Walter Bradford

Your rebuttal to my remarks shows you are seriously misinformed.

But what is the difference between absentee ballots and mail-in ballots?

Really, not much.

Absentee ballots differ from mail-in ballots pretty much in name only.

Both must be filled out with pen or pencil, signed and submitted in an envelope.

But there are some differences.

To vote absentee, a voter in 16 states has to apply and be approved if they are eligible to make their votes by mail-in ballot for reasons like age, disability or not being in the country on the stated Election Day.

Five states hold universal mail-in elections, where all registered voters are mailed ballots but can still opt to visit a polling place in person.

Three other states have about two-thirds of votes being cast being done so via mail.

So your reply is invalid because the material differences are moot in all cases.

All of this is easily verifiable if one is willing to take the time to do the research and not rely strictly on a tainted vision of one political party or the other.

David Rau

Trump is not my President you can't lay that lying scumbag at my door. You Swindle are partly responsible for him. Trump has so far killed nearly 60,000 and put 30 million out of work the worst job loses since the Great Depression No Swindle Trump is your baby not mine.

Darryl Swindle

Dav( with no ID), you are definitive proof that ignorance is alive and well in the Democratic Party. Your party is infected with Alenski followers and you blindly follow them down the road to destruction. Your reply shows that you twist information to fit your narrative. You are hopelessly blinded by your hate.

David Rau

After Trump became a fake president he was all bent out of shape because Hillary beat him by 3 million votes. So Trump formed a commission to try to prove that 3 million illegals voted for Hillary but after a year of trying they never even found one instance of an illegal voting. So the commission quietly went away. So boot licker Swindle is wrong again but he is wrong about most things, Come Jan. we will be rid of corrupt, moron Trump and Mr. Swindle can climb back under his rock.

Darryl Swindle

Guess what Dav (with no id) Trump is your President and will be for the next four years. Quit being such a void around a sphincter muscle and get over yourself.

David Rau

The only way Republicans can win elections anymore is with a 200+ plus year old out of date system the electoral college. Last election Hillary beat trump easily by 3 million votes. The truth is that the republicon party has only won 1 election in the past 6 by the popular vote. The electoral college has given us the two worst presidents ever W and now Trump. But not even the electoral college in this next election can help Trump a moron that wants people to inject themselves with lysol to kill the Trump virus. What a bozo that we have in the WH now.

Darryl Swindle

Of course you would like to change the process. By your own admission, the current process has been working for 200+ years and democrats cannot win an election unless they rig it for their benefit. If illegals started voting for republicans, the democrats would close the border down so tight a fly would not be able to cross.

Darryl Swindle

The only way democrats can win any election anymore is to cheat. Mail in ballots is a prime example of how to throw an election. Look no father than California last election where mail-in ballots miraculously appeared and won elections in close elections. Bernie Sanders lost against Hillary in the primary when poll workers were seen on video stuffing ballot boxes.

David Rau

Why do Republicans not want people to vote? The answer is simple the only way a Republican can win is for most people not vote. Corrupt Trump even said that himself .Republicans have been using voter supression for years. they pass voter id laws when there is no evidence of voter fraud. They make it hard for college age citizens to vote. A few years ago in Georgia they cut 50,000 blacks off the voter rolls for no reason,and of course Hillary beat Trump in 2016 by 3 million votes. The Republican party has only won 1 election in the past 6 by the popular vote. The answer is simple the Republican party will do anything to stay in power but really their days are numbered thanks to bozo Trump he has pretty much destroyed the Republican party. , and that's a shame just like Edward R. Morrow said in the 50's out republic can not last long under a one party system.

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