In 2018, 25% of Americans who voted, voted by mail. In 2020, these numbers are projected to be even higher with the Covid-19 pandemic still raging in the US. But the use of mail ballots in the November 2020 presidential election has become a point of contestation. President Trump has argued on Twitter that mail in ballots should not be used in the presidential election. Others claim mail-in voting is secure and increases turn-out and fear Trump's position is part of a longer game to discredit the election results.
No, mail-in ballots should not be banned in the 2020 US Presidential elections.Show moreShow less
Proponents of mail in ballots often cite voter safety and increased turnout. They claim voting-by-mail is necessary to give everyone a voice during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Counterintuitively, a common argument for mail-in-voting is to help balance out the election in favor of Donald Trump. Proponents of vote-by-mail believe Donald Trump cannot win the 2020 election without mail-in voting, therefore it must be included in the electoral process or he will claim the election was rigged. One of the main reasons given for the inclusion of mail-in ballots is that due to the massive enthusiasm gap and health gap between Trump supporters (elderly white people) and Trump haters (young and active people), without mail-in ballots he stands no chance. Given Donald Trump’s constant preemptive delegitimization of the 2020 presidential election already, this camp of people thinks that without mail-in ballots by his GOP base, to soften the amount of votes by which he loses, it will be easier for him to claim the election was rigged.
Rejecting the premises
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