Eric Holder, who served as attorney general during Barack Obama’s administration, said in a recent interview with Time magazine that he saw the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to completely change the U.S. electoral system.
The COVID-19, or CCP Virus (Chinese Communist Party Virus), is an opportunity for Americans to be able to vote at a polling place as well as from home by sending in mail ballots, he said in the interview.
“Coronavirus gives us an opportunity to revamp our electoral system so that it permanently becomes more inclusive and becomes easier for the American people to access.”
“We have to provide safe and healthy polling places so that the poll workers and those who want to cast a ballot in person have opportunities to do that while they’re protecting themselves,” added Holder, who is currently chairman of the National Democratic District Redistricting Committee.
Holder made no mention of concerns that there might be electoral fraud in implementing such a system but made it clear that any changes implemented in the voting process while the CCP Virus is confined should remain in place.
“It would be foolhardy to take these pro-democracy measures off the table after we get on the other side of the virus.” Holder said, adding, “These are changes that we should make permanent because it will enhance our democracy.”
However, he justified a change in the American vote by emphasizing that it would “allow people to access their primary American right by voting at home. It’s not as if this is an untried concept,” noting that “Oregon has been doing this for years.”
Holder’s proposal aligns with those of other Democratic Party members such as former President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said that mail-in voting would protect “the integrity of the electoral system.”
Also, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has referred on several occasions to the need to implement the vote by mail. On March 18, she published a tweet calling on Congress to make voting by mail “the norm going forward.”