New York,NY – House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is a walking contradiction. If President Trump is seeking a high-ranking Democrat to side with him against mail-in ballots, in a bid to build bipartisan opposition to the idea in Congress, he should not look any further than Jerry Nadler.
This isn’t anything new to the New York Congressman. Nadler spoke out against using impeachment to go after a political rival back in 1998 which is a stark contrast to his position he articulated in January. In fact, he stated that “both parties must support impeachment or else it would divide the country too much.
“There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other,” he said then.
“Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy, would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions,” he added.
In a 2004 Congressional hearing were lawmakers examined perceived voting problems in an Ohio election — a member of the public spoke in support of paper ballots, later referencing research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She argued hand-counted paper ballots to be “among the most reliable” voting methods.
Congressman Nadler is on record as saying “paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud. And at least with the old clunky voting machines that we have in New York, the deliberate fraud is way down compared to paper.” He added, “When the machines break down, they vote on paper — they’ve had real problems.”
Fast-forward to 2020 and we’re seeing arguments contrary to his original position. Earlier this month, Nadler accused the President of opposing mail-in ballots because he was worried that voters “won’t vote for you.”
President Trump took to twitter yesterday and asserted that mail-in ballots would be “substantially fraudulent” if used for the 2020 presidential election. The argument made by the President appeared to align with that of a 2005 bipartisan report prepared by a federal election reform panel chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former US Secretary of State James Baker.
The report concluded that “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.”
With multiple examples of election and mail fraud stemming from mail-in/absentee ballots, House Democrats have suggested a mail-in plan for November in a $3.6 billion proposal this month by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. California governor Gavin Newsom have also supported mail-in voting for some remaining state primary elections.
“The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and ‘force’ people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!” Trump wrote twitter.
The American people deserve fair and consistent election processes. We also expect members of congress to stay consistent with their views rather than flip-flop when convenient.
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