We can count on future ex-president Trump to make things up, but we can also count on him to dream things up. Rule of thumb – what already has happened mostly is untrue, what has not yet happened – you never know. If you don’t want another four years of this administration, make up your mind to vote in-person.
Vote by Mail has been a Republican institution and for this very, unusual year, a Democratic rallying cry. To all of those advocating a no-excuse vote by mail rule, be careful what you wish for. Trump is predicting that vote by mail will be a disaster. I believe he intends to make it one. The more votes that are thrown out, the better his chance to win. His voters will go to the polls, even if they have to be delivered in hearses.
The pandemic continues to erupt in new places. Coastal states got battered on the front end. Now the Midwest, South, and Southwest can’t breathe. It might be a health risk to stand in a line – socially distanced, I hope. Eventually, you will get to the front of the line. You will cast your ballot, and you will be heroic for doing so.
On the other hand, if you rely on the mail, it could take up to 2 weeks to get your ballot and two weeks to have it returned by the Post Office, currently under the control of a Trump appointee, whose mission will be to slow down the vote. No ballots, no votes. It’s like no tests, no infection, but a delayed test result still counts.
You don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to dream up the ways for Trump to trash the election, just to wind up in court, now packed with his appointees. His numbers are sinking, and his prospects are dismal. Why not roll the dice?
Democrats can encourage vote-by-mail for the old and disabled, but the dominant message should be, “Drag Your Sorry Ass to the Polls!” Think about Wisconsin. The voters showed up, waited, and voted, and their candidate was elected. Then think about New York, where the voting was delayed to June 23, and voting by mail was fully available. The results are still being counted. Over a month later.
Imagine the Trump campaign filing a lawsuit in every battleground state. It isn’t hard to do. The litigation will be ongoing until the 2022 midterms. Even if Joe Biden is seated, the losing force will proclaim the election illegitimate. There will be no unity or healing, just a continuation of the rancor and divide of the last twenty-eight years.
I wouldn’t give my life for the “economy,” like the Texas Lt. Gov. pledged to do. But I would stand in line to save democracy. It will take that and more to derail a corrupted, manipulated election process run by and for someone who feels he has to win whatever the cost.
Voters have to put on their masks and face shields, and get to the polls, perhaps with a folding chair and a copy of the Mueller Report. If this is your sole outing between now and November 3rd, it will be worth it.