Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton warned of efforts by the left to steal elections by pushing a vote-by-mail “free for all” amid concerns over the coronavirus.
Fitton contended that fears in the wake of the global pandemic are leading to the left’s use of the virus as a “pretext” to increase absentee ballot voting, raising the alarm in a tweet posted Wednesday which included a video of his recent CPAC talk on voter fraud.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 18, 2020
“URGENT: Leftists using pretext of the Coronavirus outbreak to push unsecure “vote by mail” free for all, no voter ID anywhere for 2020 elections. #HowtoStealAnElection” Fitton tweeted.
Voter fraud is a key “civil rights issue,” Fitton told attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference, explaining the need to clean up voter rolls.
Fitton’s warning comes as Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is pushing to expand vote-by-mail and absentee balloting amid the coronavirus outbreak.
#BREAKING: DNC chairman Tom Perez is urging states to expand vote-by-mail, absentee balloting & polling station hours in an effort to keep the coronavirus from further disrupting the party’s presidential nominating process.
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) March 17, 2020
In Florida, where the Democrat primary on Tuesday saw former Vice President Joe Biden beat Sen. Bernie Sanders 62% to 23%, there was a 27% increase of mail-in ballots as compared to the 2016 primary in the state. Mail-in ballots were turned in by 693,219 Democrats, according to Florida’s Division of Elections, and 438,949 Democrats also voted early, an increase of 19 percent from 2016.
But there was a 40% decrease in the number of Florida Democrats who physically showed up at the polls, with only about 500,000 coming out to cast their vote.
According to FiveThirtyEight:
The turnout drop may have been especially stark in Illinois because it is more reliant on in-person voting than Florida. Indeed, both states saw an increase in the number of early or mail votes but a decrease in the number of in-person Election Day votes — which, given the pandemic, makes sense. Election Day turnout at polling places in Chicago was a fraction of what it was in the 2016 primary, but the city also received more absentee ballot requests and early votes than any previous presidential primary. And according to the Illinois State Board of Elections, the state likely set a record for most early and mail votes in a presidential primary.
Officials in Wyoming have reportedly decided that the state’s caucuses will not have in-person portions while some states, like Louisiana, Georgia, and Kentucky, have already postponed their elections.
Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Ron Wyden penned an op-ed in The Washington Post earlier this week advocating for vote-by-mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The best way to ensure that this virus doesn’t keep people from the ballot box is to bring the ballot box to them. We must allow every American the ability to vote by mail,” they wrote. “And we must expand early voting so that voters who are not able to vote by mail are not exposed to the elevated infection risks of long lines and crowded polling locations.”
“We’re in a national emergency for which federal leadership is most important. States and local elections offices can’t bear the burden alone,” Klobuchar and Wyden wrote.
The proposals were formalized in the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act which was unveiled last week in an effort to push vote by mail and early in-person voting across the nation.
Fitton’s warning about the underlying motivation behind the push, using the coronavirus as an excuse, prompted plenty of reaction on Twitter.
is it not genius? The DNC is and always will be driving the evil train
— Sir. Anthony (@alc7872) March 18, 2020
Democrats: Never let a serious crisis go to waste.
— Robert J Hutchinson (@Bob_Hutchinson) March 18, 2020
— DBY (@BondYancey) March 18, 2020
— BULLWORTH (@GOPWarLord) March 19, 2020
— ❌Micee❌ (@SanMateogirl11) March 18, 2020
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