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Making Vote By Mail Permanent

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2022
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“Zuck bucks” are no more. After pouring $350 million into largely Democratic districts in the 2020 election, boosting turnout for Joe Biden in strategic counties, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) has announced it won’t be trying to privatize all future American elections.

Instead, it wants to federalize them.

Earlier this month, CTCL revealed its next project: the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence, an $80 million campaign to boost federal funding for elections, which are administered by the states, while centralizing how they’re run. Make no mistake, this is the professional left at work, and it starts with making vote by mail permanent.

America’s elections offices received $800 million in additional funding for the 2020 election, half from Zuckerberg, half from Congress via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Yet shortly after investigations into Zuck bucks began in early 2021, CTCL began demanding Congress allocate a whopping $20 billion in extra federal elections funding, a 2,400 percent increase, to supposedly combat “rising costs for paper ballots” caused by global supply shortages.

Paper supplies were hurt by Covid-19 lockdowns as much as any industry, but don’t be fooled by this ruse. The left’s real objective is codifying vote-by-mail policies hastily adopted amid Covid-19 in 2020. Mail-in ballots, after all, are printed on paper. The paper industry has been declining for decades and the commodity crunch is a short-term problem.

Following CTCL’s lead, President Biden offered $10 billion over the next decade for election infrastructure as part of his proposed 2023 budget. Half of that amount, $5 billion, would go to the U.S. Postal Service to “boost delivery capacity” of mail-in ballots “in underserved areas,” making them postage-free (read: entirely taxpayer-funded).

Democrats believe that vote by mail will help the party in future elections, which is probably why Biden appointed Amber McReynolds to the U.S. Postal Service governing board one month after taking office in 2021. Until recently, McReynolds was head of the National Vote at Home Institute and “the country’s most outspoken evangelist for voting by mail,” according to Time.

McReynolds got her start in left-wing activism registering likely Democratic voters ahead of the 2004 election for the Public Interest Network. National Vote at Home Institute operative Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein practically ran the election office in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 2020 to Biden’s benefit. And the group is funded by the postal workers union. Yet this self-proclaimed “independent” gives Democrats a quiet majority on the board responsible for how our mail is delivered—and increasingly how our elections are managed.

Besides CTCL, the Alliance for Election Excellence is run by a bevy of leftist nonprofits playing at “good government” groups. Although it calls itself “bipartisan,” the Center for Secure and Modern Elections (CSME) is a front for Arabella Advisors’ $1.67 billion network, the most powerful liberal lobbying force in Washington. CSME has lobbied for automatic voter registration across the country and hired Democratic consultants to help funnel Zuck bucks to county elections officials in at least two states in 2020.

The Center for Civic Design uses funding from liberal eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar to redesign the layout of ballots to help Democratic turnout, particularly among non-English speakers. One of its key recommendations to policymakers: permanent vote by mail, with advice from its partner the National Vote at Home Institute.

Long before the alliance was announced, CTCL, the Center for Civic Design, and National Vote at Home Institute fitted up with another cog: the Elections Group, which offers “guidance” to lawmakers on how to implement all-mail elections systems, including taxpayer-funded drop boxes meant to bypass the Postal Service bins (something CTCL’s Zuck bucks paid for in 2020) and ballot curing.

Biden considered the Elections Group and CTCL key allies on the campaign trail. What about in the White House? At least part of the funding for this campaign reportedly comes from former eBay president Jeff Skoll, a little-known donor to left-wing causes whose film company, Participant, has produced 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

In 2020, the Skoll Foundation bestowed its annual Skoll Awards for Social Innovation, which it gives to encourage “transformational social change,” to CTCL’s three co-founders: Tiana Epps-Johnson, Whitney May, and Donny Bridges. Questions remain, but what’s clear so far is that this campaign to centralize America’s elections is an all-hands-on-deck project for the activist class.

Conservatives are right to celebrate CTCL’s withdrawal from its 2020 election strategy—the plan partially backfired, seating Biden but spurring 18 Republican-led states to ban private funding for elections and overhaul local election security, with more on the way. But CTCL and its left-wing donors are advancing, not retreating. Conservatives must respond to save our nation’s elections.

Hayden Ludwig is a senior investigative researcher for the Capital Research Center

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David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years ago

This is more serious than you think. Contact your Senators and Congressmen and tell them NO MONEY for ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE or PERMANENT MAIL VOTING. That is STALIN TACTICS.

Bethie
Bethie
2 years ago

… at the very least now we have a general idea, that it’s roughly 152 million bona fide votes which equate, to 1 Mark Zuckerberg vote here in America –

David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years ago

I for one am Not going down without a FIGHT. I will NOT Bow down or Conform to FASCIST liberals.
I will NOT trade or give up my FREEDOM for their INSANITY.

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

The left in this country were successful in utilizing mass mail-in voting, along with other tactics, in 2020 and 2021 to gain control of both the White House and both chambers of Congress. There were NO consequences for their actions. The only people suffering any consequences of allowing this voter fraud to stand are the American people, who are now enjoying the destructive policies of the “Progressive” administration and Congress now running things. So obviously the left will continue to try and institutionalize this “winning” formula into law one way or another. Why wouldn’t they? It works and they got away with it with no repercussions. Even if this latest attempt is somehow stopped, the left will just simply come right back with another means to try and enshrine this “winning” formula into law. They have NO INTENTION of ever going back to the pre-2020 way that elections have been held in this country.

Charlie
Charlie
2 years ago

Absentee voting with strict controls is OK. Vote by mail should be banned. Why don’t the Democrats believe in securing and protecting the voting process?

John
John
2 years ago

when the left changed the voting rules from Polling places being open from 7:am to 7:pm or in some places 9:pm to remaining open for all of their votes to be counted to just after they could declare a win for biden – that was how that empty nut-shell ended in the white house. Poll in my area opened at 7:am and closed at 7:pm with all the mail-ins taken care of during the day. there was no such thing as after hour voting as that portrays FRAUD.

Dr. George R.Rivera, Jr.
Dr. George R.Rivera, Jr.
2 years ago

Good idea – let’s make “Cheat-by-Mail” official!

Judy K.
Judy K.
2 years ago

Our government is now their dictatorship. Those who are supposed to represent us with honesty, integrity and decency have been shown the door.
The day the wicked are going to dred is coming, with no escape. Makes one wonder why they don’t seem to care about where this country is headed. If it’s money, then they’ve fallen into the hell trap, for ‘the love of money is the root of all evil.’
Oregon has had mail-in voting for at least the last 15 years. We’ve also had Democrats running the state for nearly 30 years.
Progressives have no morals to speak of so rigging elections to have things go there way, and without any proof they’ve been cheating, makes them happy as little clams.
Once this vote by mail becomes law, this country is doomed! Because Progressives will be the only one’s in control of collecting and counting ballots. No one who isn’t registered as a Democrat, will be employed at voting precincts.

GlenM
GlenM
2 years ago

Voting open from 7 AM to 7 PM PERIOD.
NO ID — NO VOTE
NO Mail-In Ballots PERIOD
NO Early Voting PERIOD
Absentee voting IF complete verification done. Any part not correct it goes in the TRASH!
Paper Ballots & NO COMPUTERS that can be connected to the internet and manipulated!
That is my opinion on how to have voting with integrity.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Love idea BUT No due to 2020 election fraud
Cant do Unless do these:

Watermark ballots
Color code ballots
Computers COUNT ballots
NO drop boxes
Automate pickup
Computer scans QR code & signature
Humans load,carry ballots?
Lockbox mailboxes for?
Laser scan ballots
one site produces ballots
Remove those whove moved OR deceased from rolls
Local Voting board
Volunteer voting team

Boz
Boz
2 years ago

NO! States run elections. Elections are local, NOT federal.

Patriot Bill
Patriot Bill
2 years ago

In person with ID only.
Anything else increases fraud.
4 more years of the current level of corruption and the USA will be no more

irene
irene
2 years ago

to the federal government: get you bloody corrupt evil nose out of state government. and if people cannot show valid ID or get their butts down to a polling booth, than they should not be able to vote. the majority of people in this college want ID and voting in person. they do not need demon rats to tell them who what were when and how. the democrat party should be called to disband and all the money they have given to the citizens of this country since most of it has been stolen by them from us in the first place. they are commies and traitors.

Patricia Binder
Patricia Binder
2 years ago

A well designed plan to defeat our election process.

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
2 years ago

Voting by mail is the Marxist dream! In the CA recall election, my cousin, who works in a “liberal” profession, got THREE ballots! Luckily, she’s honest but how many others in her line of work used all three?

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 years ago

For all you people that commented. RE” mail in. My wife and I are very elderly and can no longer stand in line. This is the way it went. The Sec. of State mailed us our Ballots. As regestered voters we marked them and mailed them to the reghestar at the courthouse and was countedf. So that way is great for seniors. I agree wholehardely, no ID you dont vote. The problem is these fake paper ballots. Yes it was fraude. Im suprised the courts didn’t look into it. Like many others I’m sick of hearing ,I cant get a ID. It’s all I can do to get out and go get my welfair food stamps. Kyle L>

jake the snake
jake the snake
2 years ago

Vote by mail is the same thing as voter fraud.

Why?

Because as soon as the democrats have vote by mail they start printing pre filled ballots and then if they do loose they start pumping in boxes of ballots until the they.

It happens every year in Washington state and it will happen anywhere there is vote by mail.

MariaRose
MariaRose
2 years ago

This described automatic mail ballot as the article is referring to, leaves too much to fraud. A registered voter who can’t physically get themselves to a polling site has enough options available by making request for an absentee ballot which comes in a very secure envelope addressed to the voter. An active registered voter has no problems with getting an absentee ballot. The problem is that the illusion of unavailable ability to voting is based on using the inability of people to make an active plan to vote by reliance on making voting an impulse action instead of a planned thought out action.

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

Maybe it’s time to just invite China to run America……Couldn’t be any worse than the Treasonous scum that run it now…..

Samuel
Samuel
2 years ago

“.. as long as I’m counting the votes, what are you going to do about it?” – Boss Tweed

Patty cordell
Patty cordell
2 years ago

Blanket Mail in voting? No! Just NO!!!!!!

Ty
Ty
2 years ago

We still don’t address mail-in voting for what it actually is: RESIDENT VOTING. If you have an address you get a ballot. There is no vetting to verify that the ballots is used by the person it is sent to or that the person in the residence is an American or Citizen. RESIDENT VOTING IS ILLEGAL!In the state of Nevada they past a bill making mail-in ballots automatically active for “residents” unless the “resident” opts out on a website and changes a setting for in-person voting. How many senior citzens are proficient with internet component technology and on a broader point, how many homes were sold and purchased in the past two years in Nevada and nearly every other state in America. The state is not tracking that because it can’t. Those records aren’t automatically updated. Just like the voter rolls pertaining to deaths. State records just aren’t up to date, that is why in-person voting was inacted as policy for every election in America. The way states implement mail-in voting, even Putin could claim residence and vote in our elections. It is illegal for a non citizen to vote in a US election and you can not verify who is using mail-in ballotts!

Kathy James
Kathy James
2 years ago

More opportunities for voter fraud and abuse – paid for by the federal government. We don’t need to worry about Russia interference in the election. There’s enough going on at home.
And all you people who think the elections are all above board and free from fraud – grow a brain. People will hurt or kill others to steal a wallet or purse but you think resorting to crime to steal a big fat government post/job that could make that person a millionaire- like some of our ex presidents who had no money before gaining power, connections, influence and money- you are beyond dense.

Rich
Rich
2 years ago

It’s so obvious now that this party will do anything to gain a vote, just watch the “incentives” that will come about up to the November elections. Maybe even the “plandemic” will return. After all, the fear factor can do a lot of things to the American people. Weak minds can’t think for themselves.

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