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Why Trump hates mail in ballots: PA thought of everything

I’m not going to repeat the flaming orange’s undemocratic comments about throwing out ballots so there will be a “continuation” of power instead of a transfer. Let’s get down to why mail in ballots irritate him to begin with.

Let’s take PA for example.

In 2016, Creamsicle “won” this state by 40000 votes. Call me a skeptic though I have never seen the evidence. Someday, we will find out for sure. In 2016, PA had two things going against it that would make the election tinkerable: 1.) the voting machines had no paper trail and 2.) there was no early voting in this state.

In 2019, the REPUBLICAN legislature passed a bill that would allow for mail in ballots. Maybe they were thinking it would make it easier for the older people who vote for them to get their ballots in while never having to avert their attention from Fox News. I don’t know. But for whatever reason, Republicans in PA were totally onboard with Mail in ballots.

Then 2020 came, Annoying Orange massively bungled the coronavirus response, economy is trashed, massive unemployment, hundreds of thousands of deaths. Suddenly, it doesn’t look like he can film flam the ground zero swing state of PA or at least put a deft touch on the final results like he did in 2016. This year, he has to actually earn the vote. Not only that, but Pennsylvanians seem disinclined to listen to his bullshit this year. He is losing this state.

The mail in ballots now become maniacally important. He desperately needs PA. Wisconsin and Michigan can go f{}# themselves. It’s PA that is the key. And now there is no excuse to not vote. You can either register online for a mail in ballot or fill out the mail in ballot registration form that PA handily mails to you. Because of coronavirus, PA gets a massive amount of mail in ballot requests.

Uh oh, PA is rapidly slipping from Traffic Cone’s pudgy little fingers. Gotta get creative. Slow down the mail so the voters don’t get their third class ballot requests in time. Governor Wolf, former accountant, finds money in the budget to do mail in balloting via first class mail. So the overworked USPS can’t just dump third class mail in the trash.

But it’s the way you vote by mail in balloting that is going to thwart aspirational cheaters from doing real harm. Here’s how all the loopholes have been closed:

1.) Each ballot has a bar code. Every ballot is tracked through the board of elections. Every recipient knows exactly when the ballot is mailed to their house and when it arrives at the board of elections (BOE). Easy to use website pavoterservices.pa.gov is where every registered voter can check their ballot status.

2.) One person, one vote. Your polling place ALSO has access to your ballot status. If you go to your polling place to vote and your status says you have a mail in ballot, you must bring the ballot with you. The mail in ballot is then destroyed and you can proceed to cast your vote on a machine that now has a paper trail. Paper trails for everyone!

3.) If you go to cast a ballot at the polling place and the poll worker checks your ballot status and sees that you registered for mail in ballot, and you DON’T bring the ballot with you, you can only vote via a provisional ballot. If your original mail in ballot eventually arrives at the BOE, your provisional ballot is invalidated. So, once again, one person, one vote. No double voting.

4.) Voters can deliver their mail in ballots by several different ways: mail it back and track the status, take it to a secure drop box or hand deliver it personally to the BOE. You can not hand deliver another person’s mail in ballot for them. The elderly can drop their ballots in the mail so if the ballot is stolen from the mail because an elderly person couldn’t get to a drop box or BOE office, I’m guessing that’s more likely to hurt Republicans who have captured the senior demographic.

5.) The ballot must be placed in the inner security envelope before it is mailed or delivered to the BOE. If the security envelope is missing or breached, the ballot is invalidated. This has been a point of controversy. The courts have reinforced the security envelope standard, potentially invalidating a large number of ballots from people who didn’t do this step correctly. But I’m guessing that the security envelope is there for a reason and that is to prevent tampering.

And now you can run the model, which someone on Orange’s campaign has already done. The paper ballot and tracking set up will make it very difficult to manipulate the vote. Both the voter and the BOE will know the location of every ballot and those that go missing can get a provisional ballot backup that will be invalidated if the ballot ever shows up.

I’ve been playing it out in my head and there’s a failsafe at almost every point. The one possible way I can see to get around the ballot tracking and paper trail is if whole bin loads of returned paper ballots are thrown out. And that’s where we are. Trump would very much like to find a way to not count the ballots that he doesn’t like. The Republican Party has taken PA to court several times in the past few months to do just that: find a way to exclude chunks of ballots.

Trump is losing PA. Voters can vote against him for a variety of reasons. They may not like his performance. They may not like his polices. They may not see that he even HAS POLICIES.

Oo! Oo! They might like the policies and performance of the other guy better.

They may be duped into thinking that a candidate is part of a murderous child sex trafficking ring that operates out of a DC pizza joint. Or they may think that voting for a guy with a short mushroom shaped penis that he uses in unprotected sex with a porn Star is a bridge too far.

They may be more savvy about dirty foreign propaganda in Facebook.

There are many reasons why a candidate can lose, some rational, some irrational. Polls can fluctuate, campaign season is a brutal grind, all your evil plans to rule the world can come to naught all because of those unpredictable voters. It has happened to much better candidates than Trump. Before mail in balloting in PA it was hypothetically a lot easier to shape the outcome. This year? Ehhh…. not so much.

And the great swing state of PA slowly but surely starts creeping into the blue column. Can’t have that. He’s not man enough to lose graciously – like every other presidential candidate has done. Somehow, he’s special. His fee fees must be handled with care or he will throw a fit and cause chaos until we all give in to him. He hasn’t found a way of cancelling the election yet. So the mail in ballots must go.

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  1. On topic:

    It dazes and amazes me that we must talk about the possibility of Benedict Donald remaining in office after the elections. By all normal laws of political reality, he should be facing a defeat of Carter 1980 proportions, with Corona-chan substituting for the Iranian hostage crisis.

    And yet, he remains in striking distance, chiefly because he has certainly kept his never-quite-explicitly-spoken promise to the deplorable faction of the white people of America:

    “I have hurt the people you hate. Re-elect me and I will continue to hurt them.”

    (Reminder: I am a white American.)

    “Marceline”, a commenter over on Wonkette, suggested that many Dems (and Dem-leaning independents, such as I) have PTSD from 2016. I think she has a point there. The worst part of itall is wondering how many of the people you meet every day, your friends, your family, are basically Kunning Kloset Klansmen. It’s like living in the Marvel Universe, where you can never be sure who’s a real human and who’s a sinister shape-shifting Skrull.

    ‘Nuff said, true believers. Excelsior! :mrgreen:

  2. Off topic: Happy Out Of Touch Thursday! 😀

  3. Is there any way for someone who has mistakenly sent in a so-called naked ballot without the second envelope, to find that out, and do another one? Or is their vote permanently disqualified? Some estimate maybe 100,000 votes will be nullified because of this, and that is a lot, in a state polling that close. We must win Pennsylvania unless we can win FL or NC, and that still remains a relative longshot.

    • Naked ballots are disqualified from what I hear. If you forget your safety envelope, you lose your vote. This was a recently upheld ruling. Yes, it could possibly mean 100,000 votes lost. In a different state, like California, that’s just a burp. Here in PA, it could mean the difference between return to normalcy and 4 more years of Trump.
      BTW, I’m about to post a clip of the Bart Gelman interview on morning joe from today. The Trump campaign is already setting PA up for his win column no matter how we vote.

      • This is terrible about the naked ballots. Apparently the secretary of state or someone in PA had ruled that they were to be accepted, but then Trump’s people filed suit, and the PA Supreme Court said they were not to be accepted. What a stupid ruling. Yes, people should be able to follow the rules about sending a ballot, but this is probably the first time that there have been two envelopes. And so someone just doesn’t use the second one, and then that person loses the precious vote they waited four years to make, and cannot fix it they are eliminated from the game! Which of course is exactly what it is to Republicans.

        And they have used the pandemic as a plus for them, keeping intelligent Democrats from voting in person. And then they create such a made-up horror story about mail-in ballots, that they intimidate state courts into acting as if there is a need to prevent any possibility of ballot tampering–at least until the ballots are sent in– so that they just essentially nullified 100,000 almost all Democratic votes, and may have ushered in a fascist state. There are all sorts of stories in literature and mythology, where people who think that they are doing the right or prudent thing, actually enable the evil people to do horrible things; and their tragedy is that they allowed it, and that they never realize it.

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