The COVID-19 epidemic, which shows no signs of fading out any time soon, will keep many people from venturing to the polls to vote on election day. But Trump fears that if everyone can vote by mail then everyone will vote by mail, and they'll vote him out of office. He himself has said that if all voting in the United States was done by mail,
Bear in mind, COVID -19 epidemic aside, ever since Donald Trump came into power there has hung over the United States a concern for the possibility of an unfair 2020 Presidential election; of there being some degree of chaos whirling around the election process; of interference by foreign countries whose interests lie in having Trump re-elected; of Donald Trump or his allies causing national turmoil by disrupting, interfering with, or contesting the election results; of Trump refusing to leave the Oval Office if defeated. All of those outcomes seem well within the realm of possibility, even to those supporters of Donald Trump who would not object to any outcome that resulted in him being re-elected.
Which nonetheless begs the question: When, in the history of our democracy, have Americans ever had to worry that our Presidential election might be high jacked? When has there ever been such a degree of national anxiety over an election, not that one's candidate of choice might be defeated, but that the President of the United States is abusing the power of his office in an attempt to stay in power? And that he might succeed?
Which brings us back to voting by mail during the pandemic. Of course don't plan on voting in person on election day. It's too risky health-wise, not to mention that there may be a lack of able or willing poll workers on that day. But don't risk sending your ballot in the mail, either. Rather :
1. Go online - TODAY - and download and print off an absentee ballot request application for your state. (Unless you live in a state in which all citizens are automatically sent an absentee ballot, in which case, skip to #3).
2. Fill in the absentee ballot request application form - TODAY - and mail it to your county board of elections or county clerk or registrar. (Or follow the instructions per your state for returning the form to wherever it should be returned).
3. HERE'S THE IMPORTANT PART: After you've received your absentee ballot and filled it out, DO NOT mail it in; rather, TAKE IT IN PERSON TO YOUR COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR COUNTY CLERK OR REGISTRAR OR WHEREVER IT GOES AND DROP IT OFF IN PERSON BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
Look online to find out where the county board of elections or ballot drop-off location is in your county. Don't fret if there's only one ballot drop-off location in your county and it's an hour or two hours or three hours from your house. Don't fret if you have to travel all day to get there. Of course you won't have to travel all day to get there - probably - but even if you do it will be worth the effort - whatever effort it takes - to have your vote counted.
In the meantime, what a crime that Donald Trump is destroying the United States Postal Service and dragging our election to the level of a third-world dictatorship. But of course the good news is that We the People still have the power to save our postal service and our country - so long as we vote and do what we have to do to make sure our vote is counted.