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You may have heard the oft-repeated narrative that concerns over voting by mail are baseless. This is a dangerous narrative that puts Americans’ votes at risk and undermines public confidence in how we conduct elections.
With just two weeks until the November election, an alarming number of reports have surfaced confirming voters’ worst fears about widespread voting by mail. Potential difficulties associated with a major increase in mail ballots have also been documented by those on both sides of the aisle in the past and should be a subject of bipartisan concern. Sadly, Democrats and their allies in the media continue to wage a disinformation campaign suppressing any reports of issues related to widespread voting by mail.
In a strange turn of events, patent filings recently made public show that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is attempting to monopolize the use of blockchain technology in voting. Not only is it disheartening to see a federal entity attempting to run what amounts to a tech startup, but the patent itself is dangerously vague with the potential to threaten innovation in an emerging market. Intellectual property protections should never be used to prop up dying federal agencies or to establish new government monopolies.
President Obama correctly stated in a State of the Union speech, “Surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred…” and he called for more opportunities for citizens to vote. Dr. Marshall Foster writes that voting has been considered sacred since the early puritans arrived in America and had a strong belief that voting was a mandate from God: