Former President Barack Obama on Friday, April 10, defended the voting-by-mail option in the upcoming fall elections, citing concerns over the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic.
“Let’s not use the tragedy of a pandemic to compromise our democracy,” Obama wrote on Twitter. “Check the facts of vote by mail.”
Obama was critical of Tuesday’s Wisconsin primaries, in which ballots were cast in person amid the CCP Virus outbreak, calling it a “debacle.”
Everyone should have the right to vote safely, and we have the power to make that happen. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. https://t.co/gL38DpYEmu
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 10, 2020
Obama’s comments came as several prominent Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), and Hillary Clinton try to expand mail-in balloting amid the CCP Virus crisis.
“Everyone should have the right to vote safely, and we have the power to make that happen,” he wrote. “This shouldn’t be a partisan issue.”
Democrats have sought to include billions of dollars in recent emergency relief bills to push for the vote-by-mail system.
President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers have been strongly opposed the Democrats proposals, citing “tremendous potential for voter fraud.”
“The things they had in there were crazy,” President Trump told “Fox & Friends” last week. “They had things, levels of voting that if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”
Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans. @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2020
In response to Democrats’ move, Harmeet K. Dhillon, co-chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association, accused them of attempting to use the CCP Virus pandemic to take over elections.
“Not content with attacking President Trump and his tireless science, economic, and policy advisers, or gleefully drawing attention to the destruction of the roaring Trump economy,” Dhillon wrote in an op-ed for the Fox News. “Democrats want to leverage this crisis to massively expand the power of Washington at the expense of the states and individual freedoms.”
“What Americans need during this time of crisis is confidence in our election systems and outcomes and the ability to vote safely while still being confident that their votes count. They need consistent rules, not changes literally the day before an election,” she added. “In a time of great upheaval, they do not need Democrats sowing further confusion in order to help more Democrats win.”