This Strib editorial highlights the conflation games that the DFL is famous for. On Independence Day, the Strib Editorial Board published this editorial. The deception of the Editorial Board is obviously intentional.

The Editorial Board’s editorial opens by saying “Call it absentee voting or mail-in voting, but the practice of sending in a ballot rather than casting it in person is nearly as old as the republic and, until recently, relatively noncontroversial.” It isn’t plausible that the Editorial Board wouldn’t know the distinct difference between absentee voting and mail-in voting.

In the 4th paragraph, the Strib Editorial Board’s editorial continues, saying “That makes the polarization we are seeing over mail-in voting not only maddening but downright frightening. President Donald Trump continues to spread baseless lies about mail-in voting, calling it corrupt even though he, his vice president and others close to him have relied on it for years.”

The ‘counterpoint’ editorial makes a distinction between absentee voting and mail-in voting:

Now, the mail-in voting being proposed by more and more Democrats as we near the November election is different. It refers to a system where registered voters statewide automatically receive a mail ballot, which is sent to their address before Election Day and filled out by the voter before being sent to a designated vote counting location by Election Day.

The Editorial Board fails to make this distinction.

What’s astonishing is that the Strib Editorial Board didn’t mention this information:

Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, Shelim Khalique and Abu Razyen have been charged with criminal conduct involving mail-in ballots during the election. “Today’s charges send a clear message: If you try to tamper with an election in New Jersey, we will find you and we will hold you accountable,” Grewal said in a statement. “We will not allow a small number of criminals to undermine the public’s confidence in our democratic process.”

In other words, the chances for fraud is significant. In a state where it’s likely that a U.S. Senate seat was stolen in 2008, it’s quite understandable that Minnesotans are skeptical of mail-in voting.

The upcoming elections pose challenges not encountered in modern times. The prospect of voters lining up for long periods, maybe wearing masks, maybe social distancing, maybe not, to use the same, small voting booths and handle the same marking pens is daunting indeed. Then there’s the danger to the 30,000 volunteers needed to spend hours inside schools, churches, community centers and other indoor spaces to help process ballots.

The DFL message on mail-in voting is clear. The DFL is saying that ‘in-person voting is difficult, people’s lives might be put at risk and each voter would be required to practice proper hygiene.’

That’s BS. Adults are perfectly capable of social distancing. Likewise, adults are perfectly capable of wearing masks and washing their hands before and after filling out their ballots. It requires a little extra effort but it isn’t that difficult. For those who truly would be put in danger, they can apply for an absentee ballot. Absentee ballot applications and ballots aren’t difficult to obtain. Different states’ laws vary but they’re relatively simple to obtain:

It’s time to stop treating adults like children. That rule doesn’t apply to Joe Biden, however.

One Response to “DFL’s Conflation Games, absentee ballots vs. mail-in voting edition”

  • J. Ewing says:

    Not sure where it was, but somebody received a mail-in ballot for his CAT. And the cat had been dead for 12 years. That’s election integrity?

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