In what common sense suggests might be a planted, agenda-driven story, a supposed impending shortage of election officials is on the horizon because of alleged threats of bodily harm against them. And it’s mostly President Donald Trump’s fault.
Although unstated in the article from The Hill, the premise could lay the groundwork for more mail-in voting, which was very, very good for Democrats at the presidential level and the U.S. Senate level in Election 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic as the justification.
The combination of concerns over the Delta variant with election administrators quitting could provide the pretext for more voting by mail.
According to what an unnamed expert told The Hill, “low morale and high turnover” could create a “perfect storm” as a segment of election workers, who total about 8,000 in the U.S., supposedly head or may head for the exits.
“Anyone who has been around elections for a while will tell you that the number of election administrators leaving their jobs this year is much higher than ever,” added Matthew Weil of the Bipartisan Policy Center.
The news outlet also claimed, “According to experts, the key driver behind the violent threats is the same impetus that fueled the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol: former President Donald Trump’s repeated lies about the 2020 election being stolen.”
Obviously, any form of intimidation is completely unacceptable and should not be minimized.
In the alternative, concerns about safety may be a ploy to discourage ordinary citizens from peacefully protesting through an exercise of their constitutional rights to challenge what they consider election corruption and/or call for a return to in-person voting.
The Hill describes Election 2020 as “transparent” and “fully verified,” which probably tells you all you need to know about this brand of journalism.
“Nearly 1 in 6 local election workers received threats of violence, and almost 1 in 3 said they feel unsafe because of their job, according to an April survey by the Brennan Center for Justice,” the political news website noted.
The Brennan Center, named after liberal Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, is a far-left, nonprofit organization that, among other policies, opposes voter ID. It also supports automatic voter registration as well as same-day registration. It does advocate for paper ballots, however, which is an area of agreement across ideological lines.
Soros-funded Brennan Center pushes wide scale use of mail-in ballots and drop boxes in 2020 election https://t.co/chJlk4D7t2
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 7, 2020
Threats, doxing, and other forms of offensive behavior is “absolutely going to lead to an unprecedented exodus of a whole generation, I think, of professional election administrators,” the executive director and founder of the bipartisan Center for Election Innovation and Research, David Becker, said.
Would-be Supreme Court Justice Merrick Garland, Joe Biden’s Attorney General, has launched an investigation into what is described as a dramatic increase in threats against election administrators even as the agency warns against election audits on the state and local level.
About one-third of full-time election officials are reportedly nearing retirement age, which may also be responsible for the impending worker shortage. A lot of the actual work on Election Day is performed by individuals who may receive a stipend but are volunteers or quasi-volunteers.
Fox News host Maria Bartiromo opined on Sunday, in the context of the federal government’s response to the Delta variant even as the borders are wide open, that “it’s all quite convenient with about a year to go before the midterm elections. It doesn’t appear that the Democrats can win on policy.
“So what are we going to do? Have a lockdown in the summer of 2022 so that we insure mail-in ballots are flowing from empty parking lots and dead people?” she asked rhetorically.
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