Former First Lady Michelle Obama is calling on voters to "spread the word" about mail-in voting ahead of what is likely to be a contentious election.
In a video address released on Tuesday by Obama's "When We All Vote" organization, the former first lady made another push for national mail-in voting for November's crucial election.
“Fair and safe voting is gonna be more important than ever this year. And that’s why When We All Vote is fighting to expand vote-by-mail, in-person early voting, and online voter registration,” Obama said.
"Make sure your friends, families, and communities are registered, know their rights, and are fully prepared to vote by mail this year or vote early in-person,” Obama said, adding, "Let’s get more folks across the country trained with the tools, the resources, and the information they’ll need to vote because this election couldn’t be more important."
This is the second time in less than a month where Obama has delivered a major 2020 message for Democrats.
Late last month, Obama released a new video message saying the "election could not be more important for the future of our country."
"We've only got 100 days left ... and we've got to direct every ounce of energy we have into making sure everyone we know understands the importance of their voice and their vote," Obama said.
"With everything that's been going on this year, this election could not be more important for the future of our country," Obama says in her video message.
"All that good work you've been doing—all the outreach ... the voter registration parties ... the efforts to make sure no American has to choose between their health or their vote on Election Day—that work is more important than ever before," Obama said.
Democrats have been pushing strongly for an immediate transition away from traditional in-person voting to a vote-by-mail system in all 50 states ahead of the 2020 election amid the coronavirus.
This could be a disaster, according to at least one expert.
Government Accountability Insititute research director Eric Eggers says the Democrats’ plan for nationwide mail-in voting would send ballots to 24 million inaccurate and flawed voter registrations.
Eggers said nationwide mail-in voting would be wide open to fraud and abuse.
"Finally, how accurate are each state’s voter registration rolls? When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Ohio’s efforts to clean up its voter rolls in 2012, the court’s opinion noted two Pew Center statistics: Twenty-four million voter registrations in the U.S. were either invalid or significantly inaccurate, and that 2.75 million people are said to be registered to vote in more than one state," he said.
Eggers said mail-in voting ensures voters associated with those flawed voter registrations would get the chance to vote in the 2020 presidential election.
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