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COVID-19 and Elections?

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We, the people, must begin to discuss how elections should happen even though it is six months away we must discuss the election process and how people can vote safely. My fear is election season is the same time as the flu season. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we can not allow our civil liberties of voting to be taken away. I am not preaching opening up society as a frontline worker. I see the tragedy of people losing their lives every time I go to work. I am questioning how we can have an election and participate in the electoral process while staying safe. Let us utilize this Month of May to advocate for fair and equal elections that can take place where every single U.S CITIZEN not only has a seat at the table but have the opportunity to vote. 

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29 minutes ago, luv2 said:

We, the people, must begin to discuss how elections should happen even though it is six months away we must discuss the election process and how people can vote safely. My fear is election season is the same time as the flu season. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we can not allow our civil liberties of voting to be taken away. I am not preaching opening up society as a frontline worker. I see the tragedy of people losing their lives every time I go to work. I am questioning how we can have an election and participate in the electoral process while staying safe. Let us utilize this Month of May to advocate for fair and equal elections that can take place where every single U.S CITIZEN not only has a seat at the table but have the opportunity to vote. 

Vote by mail. 

 

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20 hours ago, toomuchbaloney said:

Vote by mail. 

 

I agree, but it could get to the point when people are not able to physically leave their home. What is the alternative? Is there a voting app or could scan as a backup. We have to get technologically savvy. 

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39 minutes ago, luv2 said:

I agree, but it could get to the point when people are not able to physically leave their home. What is the alternative? Is there a voting app or could scan as a backup. We have to get technologically savvy. 

We can't even keep foreign powers out of our current cyberspace and we are plagued with attempts to restrict or limit voting or change vote totals. This country, with a corrupt authoritarian at the helm, should stick to a verifiable paper ballot. 

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My state has had all mail-in ballots for several years and it works quite well.

Your ballot arrives about 2 weeks before election day so you have plenty of time to fill it out and either drop it in a mailbox or in a local ballot box. People who can't get out still have mail delivery. 

I think you need a paper trail for auditing and not rely on hackable electronics. 

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4 hours ago, nursej22 said:

My state has had all mail-in ballots for several years and it works quite well.

Your ballot arrives about 2 weeks before election day so you have plenty of time to fill it out and either drop it in a mailbox or in a local ballot box. People who can't get out still have mail delivery. 

I think you need a paper trail for auditing and not rely on hackable electronics. 

I think we should have a combination not everyone will have access to the post-office what are the alternatives? These are the difficult and uncomfortable things we must plan for as soon as possible.

This year will be flu -season combined with the Novel COVID-19 virus we may have to be more aggressive with the quartine to prevent this virus. Especially since there is no treatment plan or cure.  Therefore, we must start having the discussion not in November, but in May.  

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12 minutes ago, luv2 said:

I think we should have a combination not everyone will have access to the post-office what are the alternatives? These are the difficult and uncomfortable things we must plan for as soon as possible.

This year will be flu -season combined with the Novel COVID-19 virus we may have to be more aggressive with the quartine to prevent this virus. Especially since there is no treatment plan or cure.  Therefore, we must start having the discussion not in November, but in May.  

People have poor access to USPS because of the long term efforts of conservative legislators to gut funding and put unrealistic expectations and demands in place to justify rural office closures.  The GOP would love to privatize that USPS and allow some kleptocrat to make a ton of $$ on government business alone. 

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40 minutes ago, luv2 said:

I think we should have a combination not everyone will have access to the post-office what are the alternatives? These are the difficult and uncomfortable things we must plan for as soon as possible.

 

People won't have access to USPS but will have internet access to vote electronically? Riiiight. 

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36 minutes ago, nursej22 said:

People won't have access to USPS but will have internet access to vote electronically? Riiiight. 

Right now many Alaska families are sitting in their cars in the library, school, or business parking lots to access the WiFi because they have no Internet at home.  I guess that lots of people don't realize that there are thousands of Americans who don't have Internet in their homes, access to running fresh water from a well or public system or even flush toilets. Some of these Americans live in the contiguous united states and not in Alaska. 

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On 5/5/2020 at 10:19 PM, toomuchbaloney said:

Right now many Alaska families are sitting in their cars in the library, school, or business parking lots to access the WiFi because they have no Internet at home.  I guess that lots of people don't realize that there are thousands of Americans who don't have Internet in their homes, access to running fresh water from a well or public system or even flush toilets. Some of these Americans live in the contiguous united states and not in Alaska. 

I realize that, but remember what occurred in Wisconsin. I think it is easier and safer to vote from the internet or an app and have a paper trail with the absentee vote.

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When I vote, I mark a piece of paper, I put in an envelope that I sign and I put it in the mailbox. I don't come in contact with anyone. If I do it before election day I can check online to see that my ballot has been received. 

I would urge any jurisdiction that does not have all mail-in voting to contact their county election office and state elections officer (in our state it is the Secretary of State) and urge them to go vote for mail. If that is not an option everyone should register for absentee ballots. Its good enough for military overseas, its good enough for the president, and good enough for Colorado, Washington state and Oregon. 

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1 hour ago, luv2 said:

I realize that, but remember what occurred in Wisconsin. I think it is easier and safer to vote from the internet or an app and have a paper trail with the absentee vote.

Actually, with all the concern about Trump cheating, it seems only in.person voting with an ID should be allowed.

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