House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) confirmed the rumors that have been swirling in Washington since the beginning of April: Democrats will prioritize vote-by-mail schemes in the next coronavirus rescue bill.
In a “Full Court Press” appearance on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told host Greta van Susteren that she believes vote-by-mail legislation is “essential,” and will “remove obstacles of participation.”
Democrats have made it clear since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak that they saw an opportunity to transition the voting process from a primarily in-person experience to mail-in voting.
GOP leaders have sounded the alarm over the push, complaining that voting by mail creates a “wide-open opportunity for fraud.”
Pelosi doesn’t see it that way, telling Van Susteren that “This is an opportunity to remove obstacles of participation by calling upon the governing bodies to send a ballot to every registered voter by having same-day registration, by having adequate polling places for those who want to or need in person, but to reduce the number of people who will be gathering in such places on election day.”
Despite concerns about election security and fraud, Democrats have signaled that new coronavirus legislation will not be passed without vote-by-mail provisions.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Friday that voting by mail “will be a very important part of the legislation that we’re going to put forward, and we are going to fight like the devil for it.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) didn’t wait for Congress to act on the plan, issuing an executive order over the weekend that will send mail-in ballots to every voter in the State.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh slammed the move in a statement, saying that “This is a thinly-veiled political tactic by Gov. Newsom to undermine election security.”