The notion that mail-in voting is unsafe is widely exaggerated, report Stephanie Saul and Reid J. Epstein of The New York Times. While some voter fraud has occurred, it happened in isolated incidents that had a minuscule effect on election outcomes. President Trump has complained about voter fraud, but a panel he set up found no real evidence of his. Additionally, he himself, as well as Vice President Mike Pence have voted by mail in the past. In the midst of a pandemic, mail-in voting offers a safe way to run an election. It happens successfully and regularly in many states, including Utah and Colorado, without any problems.
Main-in ballots could turn the 2020 US election into a big mess, suggests Michael Goodwin of the New York Post. Voting by mail opens the door to logistical and bureaucratic complications. In two New York congressional races, results ended up being delayed for weeks, partly due to mail-in voting. As the number of mail-in ballots grew from 23,000 in the last election to 400,000 in 2020, election officials were overwhelmed. As many as 12,000 absentee ballots ended up being returned or invalidated. President Trump is right to worry about mail-in ballots. Voices in the media that oppose him are doing so out of partisanship, not journalistic integrity.