Hard to trust mail in voting

Last week I received the following from a trusted reader:

I keep hearing how corrupt this election is going to be. I do not know who sends out these ballots, but I know what the President is talking about when he tells us about how corrupt it is. Just within my family, my sister and her husband died in the past three years and my father has been dead for 31 years. They all three received, in the mail, ballots to vote. God be with us. We are in a terrible mess.

It is truly alarming to think that ballots or applications for ballots are being mailed to deceased individuals. What is even scarier is that there are people that will probably take these ballots and cast multiple votes.

There have also been multiple reports of mail, including ballots, being tossed in the garbage by carriers in the U.S. recently. In addition, as one of our newspapers previously reported, in the recent primary election the newspaper actually received a ballot in the mail for a person who lived in Savannah and one individual reported he received two absentee ballots.

Another area that I am concerned about is that it could take an extended period of time after November 3 to determine the outcome of the 2020 General Election and many of our country’s offices, including the presidency. The U.S. Postal Service recently sent letters to 46 states and the District of Columbia advising that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted. This could possibly add yet another layer of uncertainty ahead of this high-stakes presidential contest.

Much like the writer above, I pray that God will be with us in the coming days. If you can vote in person, albeit early or election day, please vote.