Democrat Chuck Schumer makes a push for voting by mail in his latest interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Schumer stated his support for mail provisions and said that it will be a very big part of the next legislation.
Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, also mentioned the previous CARES Act relief bill that apparently included funding for mail provisions, but Hayes mentioned there is nothing that requires any individual states to prepare for it.
Ian Hanchett reported on Chris Hayes’ big question to Schumer. Hayes asked, “[T]he last CARES Act…the big one, it had money for mail-in voting, but there’s no sort of federal requirement that states prepare themselves. It’s a very spotty system. Is that a must-have for Democrats? Is that something that is a kind of like a brightline for Democrats as a priority, to make sure we can have a safe and healthy election?”
Chuck Schumer’s response was very supportive of mail provisions, but also portrayed Republicans in a dark light, suggesting they would use the outbreak as a means of voter suppression that targets minority voters.
Schumer said, “It is really important. I don’t underestimate the desire of Republicans to use the COVID crisis to prevent people from voting, particularly poor people, people of color. They’ve done that all along. Here’s a good one, in Alabama, if you want to vote by absentee ballot, you have to have a notary public sign that you did it. … It’s aimed at stopping people of color and poor people from voting. We feel extremely strongly that everyone should be able to vote, that the COVID crisis should not stand in the way of what is the hallmark, the wellspring of America, which is free, fair, and open elections, and that will be a very important part of the legislation that we’re going to put forward, and we are going to fight like the devil for it.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also stated her support for voting by mail. She said there is no legitimate argument against vote by mail.
Pelosi said this in one of her recent videos:
Nancy Pelosi claims there is ‘no legitimate argument against’ vote-by-mail at Trending Views
Americans are divided on voting by mail. Many suggest that it is too easy to commit voter fraud while others find it conveinent.
Democrats support voting by mail while Republicans are against it.
Governor Gavin Newsom in California has decided that California will be a mail-in state.