RALEIGH – There is a lot of talk concerning opportunity for fraud among the use of absentee ballots for voting in this year’s elections. To be sure, absentee ballot requests have smashed through records as Pandemic Panic and vote-by-mail pushes by Democrats and Republicans, so the opportunity is a big one.
Just take it from Democrat N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein that the ‘bulk of voter fraud happens absentee.’
One way to presumably help guard against fraud on absentee ballots, is to require a witness signature. You know, someone that can attest that the vote is legitimately cast by the person listed on the ballot. It’s not much of a security layer (some people end up ‘witnessing’ hundreds of absentee ballots every election), but it’s something.
It makes sense; have a witness sign the ballot’s return envelope to confirm the integrity of that voter and ballot.
Well, it enough sense that the ACLU of North Carolina sued to have the requirement for one witness signature REMOVED, making the opportunity for fraud grow from big to gargantuan. Luckily, a panel of three North Carolina judges have rejected the request to remove the requirement for the 2020 election.
The judicial panel denied a requested injunction, saying the plaintiffs were unlikely to win at trial on the merits, and that it was too close to the election to make substantive changes to election materials (absentee ballot forms).
Not to mention that it is absolutely asinine to remove layers of such voter integrity protections when the vote-by-mail is simultaneously breaking records AND a focus of fraud concerns. In fact, such ballots were only very recently at the center of a famous electoral fraud case that Democrats feverishly reported on when it suited their Left-leaning interests, but conveniently try to forget about now.