As the Coronavirus pandemic begins to wind down across the United States, slowly but surely the news media’s attention is pivoting back to what would have normally been the biggest story of 2020 — the upcoming presidential election.
Democrats have made it clear that they’re 100% for mail-in voting, citing safety concerns of masses gathering at the polls in November. The call for mail-in voting has been met with harsh criticism from the right, with many Republican politicians and voices claiming that a mail-in voting system is nothing short of a breeding ground for voter fraud.
But one big-name GOP senator seems to lean toward the left on the issue. According to Breitbart, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney recently defended the Democrats’ call for nationwide mail-in voting, claiming the system works “very very well” in the Republican stronghold of Utah.
“In my state, I’ll bet 90% of us vote by mail. It works very very well and it’s a very Republican state,” Romney said in the wake of President Donald Trump’s criticism of the idea.
Michigan’s recent initiative to mail out applications for absentee voting to all registered voters in the Democrat-held state sparked a flurry of angry tweets from Trump this week.
“Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!” Trump tweeted.
— Chris (@Chris_1791) May 21, 2020
But Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson defended the idea, again citing health concerns as the reason the state has chosen to push the mail-in ballot program.
“By mailing applications, we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Benson said. “Voting by mail is easy, convenient, safe, and secure, and every voter in Michigan has the right to do it.”
Nevada is another state backing the mail-in ballot idea and the president also threatened to pull federal funding from the state should they move forward with the program.