Charlie Hurt, opinion editor of the Washington Times, held a conversation with Fox News on Wednesday, Aug. 5 about the potential dangers posed by mass mail-in voting.

Amid the pandemic and just months before the presidential election, the way of voting is a matter of debate between Democrats and Republicans.

Hurt explained that there are differences between mass mail-in voting and absentee voting.

Absentee voting is a rigorous process, in which the person first requests that the vote be sent to his or her residence, and once the vote is returned, the signature is verified and there is very little room for inconsistencies. In addition, there are strict federal laws to punish those who violate the rules.

This method is therefore not massive and is safe for older people or those with health conditions who do not want to be exposed to the pandemic.

Mass mail-in voting is fraught with problems, Hurt explained.

According to Hurt, the U.S. Postal Service does not have the infrastructure to handle the potential volume of votes if it were to be conducted en mass. 

“I’m not saying that it’s not something we couldn’t achieve but kind of coming up with it three months before an election and trying to foist it on a failing U.S. Postal Service, I think is a little bit questionable,” Hurt said. 

Then he added, “Look at the examples we have: We have races in New York that haven’t been decided months later. There are cases in California in the past where they do this and it’s literally you’re flooding hundreds of thousands of ballots out across the state, sometimes you might have tens of thousands of ballots that arrive in the post office on Election Day and we don’t know the chain of custody and the problem with signatures. There are all kinds of problems that come up in that sort of process.”

According to a New York Post article, after six and a half weeks of voting 21 percent or 84,108 of the mail-in ballots were invalidated or not counted for irregularities in the Democratic presidential primary.

President Trump has been emphatic about not using mass mail-in because of the susceptibility to fraud, but both mainstream media and Democratic leaders are trying to push the idea that method is safe, and Twitter and Facebook have repeatedly tagged the president’s posts, disavowing his opinion.

There are reports coming from different places about people who have died, or who no longer live in the United States, and votes continue to be sent to those addresses, which due to the lack of control, could be used by whoever receives them.

Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation relayed an incident in an interview with Fox News of two sisters who grew up in Washington state but have not lived there for more than 8 years, and the ballots continue to arrive at their parents’ home.

In another example Spakovsky told of a professor in Portland,Oregon, who conducted a survey in one county and he found that 5% of the voters said someone else had filled out their ballot and 2.5% admitted that someone else had signed their ballot. The state never found out. It may appear to be a small number but when you take those percentages and apply then to the whole state of Oregon that amounts to tens of thousands of votes.  

President Trump assured in an interview this Wednesday, Aug. 5, that he will have all the necessary resources so that those who want to go to vote can do so, and those who are afraid to leave can also do so safely.