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The vote by mail triumph

It built democracy. It elected a democratic president. No wonder Trump is trying to stop it and the Monthly will keep fighting for it.

19th November 2020

| 2:23 pm

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An example from this year had strange support from the COVID-19 pandemic. For years we have argued that the best way to ensure that more citizens cast ballots is to expand the general voting by mail. With states forced by the health crisis to relax postal and postal voting restrictions, the 2020 presidential election broke the record for ballots and saw the highest voter turnout among eligible citizens since 1900. This was great for American democracy and for you Partisan perspective helped Joe Biden determine the highest number of votes for a presidential candidate. This was the result we had envisioned, even if it was far from what we had hoped it would be.

Of course, voter turnout is only a measure of healthy representative democracy. We also need an informed citizenship, and thanks to Donald Trump and his right-wing media makers, 2020 did not excel in this area. A new poll by Vox and Data for Progress found that 75 percent of Republican voters and 44 percent of all voters believe election results have been affected. There is no evidence to support this, but raising doubts about the postal vote is part of a Republican strategy to prevent high turnouts in the future. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the South Carolina Senate Justice, made this clear when he told Fox News on Monday: “[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell and I need to review the mail-in vote. If we don’t do something about postal voting, we’ll lose the opportunity to vote for a Republican in this country. “

Ironically, the high turnout helped Republicans regain seats in the House of Representatives they lost in the medium term in 2018, and has so far limited their Senate losses to two seats, which unless they lose both January runoff elections in Georgia, will allow them to keep their majority. However, Senator Graham believes that unless they eliminate postal voting as an option, Republicans will be banned from the White House forever. We can expect the GOP to pursue a relentless campaign of misinformation to achieve this goal.

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