With the continued presence of COVID-19 spreading across the country, the 2020 election is expected to work differently this year. On August 17, the House agreed to mail-in voting, where voters casted their ballots through the United States Postal Service. The President had immediately ostracized the idea calling it “a fraud like you’ve never seen”. However, according to a poll conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice, Americans “were more likely to be struck by lightning than commit voter fraud”
Even Republican Senator Mitch McConnell disagreed with Trump’s statement about mail-in voting being “a fraud like you’ve never seen”. At a Press event in the Medical Center of Hart County, McConnell had embraced these remarks by saying “We’re going to make sure that the ability to function going into the election is not adversely affected. Steven Mnuchin in discussions with Nancy Pelosi had already indicated the administration is prepared to spend up to $10 billion just to make sure the post office is on good terms going into the November election. Everything is going to be just fine”.
Another concern of mail-in voting expressed by Trump is that the recent change in policies of the USPS will hinder and prolong the November election results. However, Trump did not mention that the USPS is planning to set a deadline for voters to cast their ballots and that the post office has publicly announced that votes will not be counted if submitted late.
While this debate about mail-in voting occurred in August, McConnell made quite a chilling statement just last week. “I have not been in the White House since the beginning of August.” This statement had sparked controversy due to the timing of the mail-in debate and McConnell not going to the White House. Could Trump have excluded McConnell from the White House for not agreeing with his position? Could Trump be trying to defund the Postal Service? Will this lead to an October surprise? These questions raise suspicion for Democrats and Republicans alike.