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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 more Show 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.
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Mail-in voting is safe from voter fraud

All the evidence suggests mail-in voter fraud is statistically non-existent. The scale at which fraud by mail-in-voting would need to occur to have any impact on the election is impossible to achieve.
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The Argument

Proponents of mail voting point out that there is no basis to suggest that mail-in voting is not safe from voter fraud. In fact, while the prevalence of mail-in voting will increase in the 2020 election due to COVID-19, mail-in voting has been a long-standing practice within the U.S for decades. And for the decades that this practice has occurred, it has proven to be very secure with only extremely rare cases of attempted fraud at a rate of 0.000006%. [1] There is and always has been a system put in place to prevent voter fraud from domestic voters and foreign threats. These anti-fraud protections include requiring people who request ballots to be registered voters, mailing ballots to the official address listed on voter registration rolls and having election authorities thoroughly review mail-in ballots to verify names, addresses, and signatures.[2] Mail-in voting is safe from voter fraud committed by foreign powers. There is no way for foreign governments to produce and replicate mail-in ballots with any or all of the components that election officials will be checking and verifying on election day. [3] Mail-in voting may be safer from voter fraud than in-person voting because people who vote in person don’t always update their address when they move and may be voting at the wrong polling place, whereas mail-in elections constantly update voter addresses to ensure they receive the right ballot. [4] There is no basis for the argument and no evidence that mail-in voting leads to voter fraud.

Counter arguments

Those that say that mail-in voting is not safe from voter fraud bring up the argument that mailboxes can be robbed and broken into. They say that voters may try to commit fraud by voting in person after they have already submitted a mail-in ballot. They say that although difficult, foreign countries will still try to print counterfeit ballots and forge signatures unto ballots. These are all arguments that Donald Trump and other prominent Republican politicians have made in the case against mail- in ballots. [5]

Premises

[P1] Mail-in voting has been occurring for decades and voter fraud has been proven to be extremely rare. [P2] There are systems and practices put in place to make sure all ballots received are legit. [P3] Vote by mail is actually safer from voter fraud than in-person voting.

Rejecting the premises

Proponents


References

  1. https://www.npr.org/2020/06/04/864899178/why-is-voting-by-mail-suddenly-controversial-heres-what-you-need-to-know
  2. https://bipartisanpolicy.org/blog/is-voting-by-mail-safe-and-reliable-we-asked-state-and-local-elections-officials/
  3. https://www.factcheck.org/2020/07/the-presidents-trumped-up-claims-of-voter-fraud/
  4. https://search.proquest.com/docview/2415462215/1103F61A446C47CEPQ/1?accountid=37603
  5. https://search.proquest.com/docview/2387403847/8BA1A3E2BCE841F0PQ/1?accountid=37603

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