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Eleven mostly Democrat states and Washington, D.C., reportedly plan to perform some voting experimentation during the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

According to former White House press secretary turned Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer, the 11 states + DC intend to try the following:

Mailing actual ballots to voters:

  • California (Democrat Governor)
  • Washington, D.C. (Democrat Mayor)
  • Nevada (Democrat Governor)
  • Vermont (Republican Governor)

Mailing absentee ballots to all voters:

  • Delaware (Democrat Governor)
  • Illinois (Democrat Governor)
  • Maryland (Republican Governor)
  • Massachusetts (Republican Governor)
  • Michigan (Democrat Governor)
  • Wisconsin (Democrat Governor)
  • Iowa (Republican Governor)

In tweets posted Wednesday, Fleischer warned that this experimentation is “risking doing harm to the integrity of the election if things go wrong.” The evidence is legion.

Just look to New York, where a June 23rd primary election still remains incomplete because of an abundance of problems, including 25 percent of Brooklyn’s mail-in ballots being declared “invalid,” and voting officials being unprepared.

“Ten times more New Yorkers — a whopping 1.8 million — requested absentee ballots than did four years ago. Experts tell NBC News New York election officials were woefully unprepared,” NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden reported this week.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also screwed up.

“Governor Andrew Cuomo had tried to make the process easier by sending postage-paid envelopes with all requested ballots. But that ended up backfiring,” McFadden explained.

“Because to be counted, ballots need to be postmarked with a date. Something the post office doesn’t usually do for prepaid metered mail. So those ballots, thousands of them, were not counted.”

This isn’t to say that these sorts of issues can’t be resolved in due time. The problem is that there are now fewer than 90 days until the 2020 election, meaning, according to Fleischer, that there’s not enough time to flesh out all the problems.

View his tweets below:

He originally reported that 12 states would be experimenting this election season but later issued a correction (the latter tweet) modifying the 12 to just 11.

Fleischer concluded his tweets by suggesting that journalists, assuming any still exist, should look into this story “before it’s too late.”

Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, a big media critic, doesn’t appear too confident that this will ever happen.


Fleischer’s concerns are shared by the likes of lawyer and Republican Party official Harmeet Dhillon, who two months ago was permitted by USA Today to publish a column in which she issued similar warnings.

“Expanding vote-by-mail systems takes an immense amount of equipment, time, staff and funding, yet House Democrats want to impose universal vote-by-mail mandates on every state this fall,” she wrote.

“It has taken Washington state nearly a decade to navigate the complications of expanding vote by mail to every voter. Waving a wand from D.C. cannot change existing nationwide election infrastructure in a matter of months — nor should it.”

She also talked about the phenomenon of ballots being sent to ineligible voters, which is something she as an attorney has dealt with herself.

“I represent Republicans suing in California to prevent millions of ballots being sent to inactive voters, who likely moved, died or never were eligible. The state relies on counties to purge the voter rolls as required by federal law but doesn’t enforce this obligation, resulting in millions of ineligible voters on the books,” she explained.

Others have also warned about ineligible voters:

While the idea of a ballot being sent to someone who’s dead might sound funny, it’s not. What would happen if a nefarious actor got hold of that ballot and then voted in a Democrat state where voters aren’t required to show voter ID?

Vivek Saxena


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