All-mail balloting rife with problems

What could possibly go wrong?

Just put more than 1.6 million ballots — and that was the number of active registered Nevada voters back in January, before the push to register voters prior to the November General Election — in largely unsecured mailboxes. No one would ever think to follow the mail carrier around and pluck said ballots from said boxes. Why that would be a crime.

But with the passage of Assembly Bill 4 on a party-line vote in a special session of the Nevada Legislature, already signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak, the governor can use the excuse of the coronavirus pandemic to order November ballots be mailed to all active registered voters. It’s not as if they are being dropped out of airplanes. And hopefully no county will do like Clark County did in the primary and demand that ballots be mailed to inactive voters who have mostly already moved from the addresses on file with the registrar of voters. That resulted in many blank ballots piling up in trash cans.

Surely there’ll be no problem with the part of AB4 that says that the validity of a ballot signature may only be challenged if “at least two employees in the office of the clerk believe there is a reasonable question of fact as to whether the signature used for the mail ballot matches the signature of the voter …” What is reasonable? “There is a reasonable question of fact as to whether the signature used for the mail ballot matches the signature of the voter if the signature used for the mail ballot differs in multiple, significant and obvious respects from the signatures of the voter available in the records of the clerk,” AB4 spells out.

Under previous law, it was illegal to “harvest” ballots. Only a family member or certain other persons were allowed to return a mailed ballot for a voter. AB4 allows the voter to designate anyone, though the law prohibits that person from failing to return the ballot or altering, changing, defacing, damaging or destroying the mail ballot. Who would ever do such a thing.

No one would ever be intimidated by their union shop boss, for example, into just turning over their blank but signed mail ballot. Nor would anyone, say at a nursing home, dare to collect such ballots. Turn in your ballot in exchange for a free beer at the neighborhood bar?

The law firm of Campbell & Williams has already filed suit on behalf of the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and the Nevada Republican Party. The suit notes the new law authorizes ballot harvesting and that, along with other provisions, dilutes “Nevadans’ honest votes. Dilution of honest votes, to any degree, by the casting of fraudulent or illegitimate votes violates the right to vote.”

What could possibly go wrong?


20 comments on “All-mail balloting rife with problems

  1. Bruce Kester says:

    “{C}hallenged if “at least two employees……”… uhh, what two employees??? What are their political affiliations??? Will they be able to look at the entire ballot before deciding if the signature is valid, i.e. did this person vote for the right guy?????

  2. Anonymous says:

    Apparently whatever could go wrong in Nevada, could never go wrong in Pennsyvania and/or Florida where that same Trump administration that is suing Nevada because of mail in voting, is ENCOURAGING those states voters to vote by mail.

    Oh and whatever happened to STATES RIGHTS STATES RIGHTS STATES RIGHTS?

    SHameful display

  3. Those are but a few of the questions left unanswered, Bruce.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A question for you Thomas:

    Are you more concerned with the State of Nevada deciding how to run its elections or a president claiming that he can delay the elections for president?

    I’d love a story about that (and pretend a democratic president said it)

  5. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” — Emerson

  6. Trump did not say he could delay the election, but that he thought it should be.

  7. The individual’s right to have his or her vote count equally to all others is more important than even states’ rights. “Dilution of honest votes, to any degree, by the casting of fraudulent or illegitimate votes violates the right to vote.”

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Under Article 2 the Constitution says I can do whatever I want”

    Do you think this means Trump thinks he can delay the election?

  9. Florida is not mailing ballots to all active registered voters. Trump is encouraging people to ask for absentee ballots to be mailed to their current addresses.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Trump is encouraging people to do…whatever you call it…and yeah that means voting by mail which is what he’s trying to stop Nevadans from doing.

    “Whether you call it Vote by MaiL or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail!”

  11. Anonymous says:

    And of course, the reason is that he knows he can’t win Nevada, no matter how we vote, but that it doesn’t matter if he loses Florida (which he is losing big and was on his way to losing bigger) so vote by mail it is!

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  13. iShrug says:

    Sec.4.1.“Active registered voter” or “voter” means a registered voter who has an active registration and who has not been designated as inactive pursuant to the provisions of this title.2.The term includes, without limitation, a covered voter who registers to vote or has registered to vote pursuant to the provisions of chapter 293D of NRS or the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 52 U.S.C. §§ 20301

    I received a ballot for the primary, addressed to a name that doesn’t exist. I have lived at my address since the day the house was built, in 1996. I looked up the name on the rolls, and this person has NEVER VOTED. I’ve tried on several occasions to straighten it out with the election department, without success. Sample ballots and voter registration cards for this person have been mailed to my address since about 2010.

    What does it take for a person to be designated “inactive voter?” Im betting a ballot will be mailed to this person, for the general election, this year. 🤷‍♀️

  14. Only Clark County Dems insisted on mailing ballots to inactive voters during the primary.

  15. Rincon says:

    I think you’re a little late, Thomas. According o the Brookings Institute, 1/4 of all ballots in the 2016 election were either universal mail or absentee ballots. Both are mail-in so far as I know. Also, “These provisions include requiring people requesting absentee ballots to be registered voters, mailing ballots to the official address listed on voter registration rolls, requiring voter signatures on the external envelope, and having election authorities make sure the ballot came from the address of an actual voter.”
    So tell me, how is it that in person voting is less prone to fraud?

  16. bc says:

    I normally vote in person but this year I am voting by mail, I am not taking the chance of having to stand in line for hours.

    Here in OK we have to go online or in person and ask for a ballot, the county then sends me a ballot for every election this year. I have to include a copy of my ID or voter card with the ballot. Before this year to vote by mail you had to have your signature notarized, but this year being what it is they changed to providing an ID.

    Nevada checks signatures, they have been doing it that way for years, then checks off that the voter has voted. I remember them checking my signature against my registration back in the ’70s, I would not be worried about that.

    I do not agree with sending a ballot to every registered voter, you need to ask for it somehow. Do it online, by phone, or even have community drives like voter registration drives, but the addresses at the county offices are not up to date.

    Voting by mail is not inherently less safe as far as fraud goes, what matters is how they run the election. Sending ballots to every registered voter is not safe.

  17. Precisely: “Sending ballots to every registered voter is not safe.”

  18. Anonymous says:

    You know what’s really not safe?

    allowing the man who says that the Constitution says he gets to do whatever he wants to continue to be president.

    And I don’t see a column being written about that here.

  19. Anonymous says:

    An executive order banning all evictions? Indefinitely?

    Somebody say something.

    You guys man

  20. Athos says:

    “And I don’t see a column being written about that here”

    Little p, check the archives from the years ’09 to Jan/2017. Our Governor is evil. Stupid, puppet-like and evil.

    Wrong man. Wrong time. Adam Laxalt, where are you?

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