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Pelosi pushes mandate that all voters get ballots in mail, allow same-day registration

Democrats in Washington slipped in an item in their $3 trillion coronavirus bill on Friday that would force states to adopt mail-in elections this fall.

The bill, which now heads to the Senate, has been given no chance of passage, and President Donald Trump has said he would veto it if it reached his desk. But among the 1,400 pages of the bill is the new flavor-of-the-month attempt to

The Pelosi bill would require states to end any requirements they have that voters provide a reason to request an absentee ballot. It mandates states to enact 15 days of early voting, and orders states to mail a ballot to every voter during declared emergencies.

Voters in Alaska do not need to provide an excuse for getting an absentee ballot and they already have 15-day voting prior to Election Day.

But on Friday, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer said the Division of Elections would not be mailing ballots to every voter. Voters can request absentee ballots as usual, and he said the Division of Elections would make a concerted effort to encourage people to request those ballots, which they have been able to do at any time since Jan. 1.

The Democrats’ bill would provide $3.6 billion to expand vote by mail across the country. Also as part of the bill, voters could register to vote on the same day they vote, and states would be prohibited from asking for identification beyond asking for the last four digits of a voter’s Social Security number.

The change would apply to the November General Election and all subsequent federal elections.

Pelosi’s proposal requires all absentee ballots sent out to have prepaid return postage printed on them. The bill prohibits state election offices from “refusing to accept and process an absentee ballot from a qualified individual based on notarization or witness signature, paper type, or envelope type requirements.”

Additionally, the plan would prevent voter identification verification by allowing all voters to self-certify that they are the person who is eligible to vote a given ballot: “An individual may make a sworn written statement attesting to their identity to fulfill the identification requirement.”

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Note that the so-called “cheaper mail in voting process” requires $3.5 BILLION to implement.

  • “There has been no real evidence of voter fraud in the last election.” Talking point # 287.

  • Mail-in ballots = election fraud. No wonder Democrats love it.

  • Who is running for Pelosi’s seat

  • It should be illegal to have anything in a bill that does not have an absolute connection to the bill under discussion. Why have politicians been allowed to get away with this for so long? Can someone please explain how this skullduggery has been ignored and why?

    • Karen,
      I don’t know if I can explain but I will try. The biggest reason politicians in the house of representatives and senate can and do, ignore the law, is that they are the ones making the laws. In congress, the tyranny of the majority rules. They have, over the years, exempted themselves from several laws, including insider trading, that would land us ‘commoners’ in the clink. Remember Martha Stewart? She was busted in a case of $40,000, wrongly invested (they claimed) by her. She got 40 months in jail. She wasn’t one of the “gang” of leftist supporters. Pelosi (and husband), Schumer, even republicans, have been “busted” for insider trading and worse. Perjury is not an issue for them. Even sexual assault seems to be “out of sight, out of mind” for democrats, though a presidential contender seems self-excused for that. Notice nothing ever comes of it. You or I do it and, ‘sayonara’ kemo-sabe, adios mon-ami, later gator. Off to jail we go. For the ‘congressional’ crooks, no. Must be nice to make your own laws (for the crooks).
      Remember in November.

  • Pelosi has Alzheimer’s. Biden has Alzheimer’s. Democrats sure know how to pick them.

  • Astonishing. In the long run, more damaging than the $3 trillion of wastage.

  • In unrelated news, all financial institutions are now required to approve loan requests of any amount without proof of ability to repay said loan. Also, if a loan enters into default, financial institutions are not allowed to pursue actions for repayment.

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