Reported By Adam Casalino | August 31, 2020
Democrats continue to push for mail-in voting, although many believe it’s perfectly safe to vote in person. President Trump continues to fight to ensure traditional voting is safe and orderly.
This is especially critical in swing states, including Iowa.
Well, a judge just made a major ruling on absentee ballot requests that could affect the election:
A county judge in Iowa on Thursday invalidated 50,000 requests for absentee ballots, agreeing with the Trump campaign’s legal argument that a local election official was not authorized to send voters absentee ballot request forms that were pre-filled with their personal information.
A judge ruled that Linn County Auditor Joel Miller violated a directive when he planned to send out 50,000 absentee ballot requests already filled out with voters’ names. The judge ordered that blank ballots requests must be sent out instead.
It appears that, by sending out request forms already filled out, it would make fraud easier. Anyone that got their hands on these forms could request a ballot, even if they were not the person on the form.
Obviously, when you fill out a form, you have to provide your own personal information. That ensures that you are who you say you are. But if the form is already filled out, then what’s stopping someone from using that form to get their hands on your absentee ballot?
There appears to be no legitimate reason for this auditor to send out requests pre-filled out. Critics might try to accuse this man of making it easier for someone to wrongfully request a ballot. Even if that is not the case, the integrity of our election systems must be kept intact. The process by which a person can register to vote, request a ballot, and vote should be held to a high standard.
After it was learned that this auditor was preparing these ballot requests, the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee, and the Iowa Republican Party filed a lawsuit. It appears they were not going to let this potentially dangerous situation become a real problem.
- A judge prevented an Iowa auditor from sending out 50,000 pre-filled out absentee ballot requests.
- The judge ordered the auditor to instead send black forms, requiring residents to fill them out instead.
- Prior to this, the request forms had all of the voters’ personal information.
Source: Law and Crime