By avoiding best practices in a vote-by-mail effort practiced in other states, Secretary of State Jim Condos is opening Vermont up to questions of electoral fraud.
Prosecutors charged Mohamed, 39, with 84 counts of mail ballot application fraud and 25 counts of unlawful possession of an official mail ballot, the Texas Attorney General’s Office said.
In a question-and-answer session at a press conference Tuesday, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and chief of staff Eric Covey answered questions about this year’s general election, including questions about ballot mixups being reported all across the state.
Town clerks report experiencing multiple problems related to mail-in voting, including undeliverable ballots and a limited number of ballots for in-person voting.
Mail-in ballots are going to wrong mailboxes across the state, and the mixups are causing Vermonters to question Secretary of State Jim Condos’ decision to mail votable ballots to every registered voter ahead of the November general election.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the push for widespread mail-in voting and other alternatives to going to the polls ahead of the presidential election has increased the risk of vote fraud through “ballot harvesting,” and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.
Should you trust the mail with your vote? Why is voting-by-mail so vulnerable to fraud and abuse? How concerned should you be about your ballot getting lost or rejected?
The Minneapolis Police Department said it’s investigating allegations of ballot harvesting by Ilhan Omar supporters after a right-leaning group published footage of someone appearing to collect hundreds of white envelopes identified as absentee ballots.
Mary Kate Lowndes, a resident of Washington, D.C., allegedly used a Derry address to vote in the 2018 midterm election and the 2016 presidential election, but she did not reside there. Lowndes faces misdemeanor charges, including one on a charge of misusing an absentee ballot.
New York City residents have reported receiving ballots with wrong information, sparking confusion and a response from the city board of elections department.
To those skeptical of voting by mail, I welcome the skepticism. We should all care deeply about the integrity of our elections. I only ask that people look to the facts and the evidence, and not secondhand anecdotes, baseless claims and rhetoric.