A Democratic Party proposal to allow voting without having to attend local polling stations at the next general election could leave the country out of pocket by billions of dollars.
Democrats want the Trump administration to approve $3.6 billion in federal funding for Americans to have an alternative to voting in-person due to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) plan to provide the taxpayer money to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission which, when approved, would be responsible for distributing the funds to help registered voters cast their ballots through the U.S. Postal Service on Nov. 3.
“Sen. Klobuchar and I have been advancing both a bill and funding to allow states to begin planning responsibly now for how they are going to carry out their delayed primaries and how they are going to carry out the November election,” Coons can be heard telling MSNBC’s “Kasie DC” in a video shared on YouTube. “We want to appropriate more money to make sure the average American citizen also is not forced to go and vote in-person while we still have shelter in place orders.”
Coons compared the proposal to a variety of measures under the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020, and claimed removing regulatory barriers to election officials accessing funding would provide “safe and easy” voting during the CCP Virus pandemic.
“As you saw in the state of Wisconsin, we do not yet have a clear plan for how to deal with voting in the age of this pandemic,” he said. “We should not put the average American American, and in particular seniors of those who are immunocompromised in a position whether they have to choose between having to exercising their sacred right to vote and keeping themselves and their families safe in this virus.”
Coons claimed Americans serving the Army, Navy, Air Force, and diplomatic missions abroad were already voting by mail. President Donald Trump has separately requested an absentee ballot for the election.
“In every election, hundreds of thousands of Americans vote by mail from overseas,” he said. “If it is good enough for our troops and diplomats, and our president, I do not see why a vote-by-mail should not be a feature for every election in this state by November if people request it.”
Coons believes postal voting will not help any party win or lose the election since there are security measures in place to ensure each vote can be tracked through matching signatures and other verification methods.
“This should not be a partisan issue,” he said. “Look, there are five states right now that conduct their elections entirely by mail. Utah is one, Oregon is another. Utah is heavily Republican, Oregon is majority Democrat, in terms of who they send to Congress. So, I do not think that you can predict what the partisan outcome will be based on whether folks have the ability to cast their votes by mail.”