Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The New York Times 'Stressed Election' visits Michigan to ask 'What's the Problem With Vote-by-Mail?'

I called John Oliver tells his viewers to expect an election month not just an election night "a good summary of all of my concerns about the election that is already in progress." One of those concerns involved voting by mail along with Trump opposing it and trying to sabotage the US Postal Service. The New York Times, in its "Stressed Election" series of video reports, focused on my adopted home state of Michigan when it asked What's the Problem With Vote-by-Mail?

The second episode of our four-part series, Stressed Election, focuses on vote-by-mail, which has become one of the most contentious issues of the 2020 election. In Michigan, a state decided by fewer than 11,000 votes in 2016, a group of bipartisan election officials worry they won’t have the time or resources to ensure results on election night.
This report hearkens back to one of the first entries of mine to focus on the effect the pandemic had on this year's election, Michigan to mail ballots and $400 million for elections in coronavirus stimulus bill update the election news and views for the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News. There, I wrote "That Michigan will be voting by mail in the May election is good news. Let's hope that, if the pandemic persists, the same will happen for the August and November elections as well." The New York Times showed what happened in August and what is being done to make November's general election run more smoothly. I hope it works.

This video is part of a four-part series. Two other parts about voting rights and election security are already out with one more installment about disinformation still to come. I plan on posting about all of them. Stay tuned.

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