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Will Trump successfully steal the election?   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started 8/14/20 by MerlinsDad; 2125 views.
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Poll Question From MerlinsDad

8/14/20

Will Trump successfully steal the election?
  • Just yes.1  vote
    7%
  • Yes, some people believe his claims about mail-in voting being corrupt0  votes
    0%
  • Yes, he's interfering with funding to the USPS so they can't do their job0  votes
    0%
  • Yes, his appointed Postmaster General assures that the USPS can't do its job0  votes
    0%
  • Yes, he'll do whatever it takes to hold onto power0  votes
    0%
  • No. He's got the win sewed up.6  votes
    42%
  • Just no7  votes
    50%
Just yes. 
Yes, some people believe his claims about mail-in voting being corrupt 
Yes, he's interfering with funding to the USPS so they can't do their job 
Yes, his appointed Postmaster General assures that the USPS can't do its job 
Yes, he'll do whatever it takes to hold onto power 
No. He's got the win sewed up. 
Just no 
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From: MerlinsDad 

8/14/20

Opinion piece byStephen Collinson, August 14
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/14/politics/trump-election-meddling-democracy-russia/index.html

Never mind meddling by Russia, China or Iran. The most dangerous threat to the integrity of November's election is coming from the man sworn to protect it, the President of the United States.

Trailing badly in the polls, overtaken by the worst health crisis in 100 years and deprived of the cruising economy he had hoped to ride to a second term, President Donald Trump is actively trying to discredit an election that could see him turned out of office -- or is at least preparing the groundwork for a bitter legal battle that could drag on for weeks in the event of a close result.

Trump is spewing outrageous falsehoods about nonexistent fraud in postal balloting. By his own admission, he's choking off US Postal Service funding to make impossible a functioning vote-by-mail system, which would spare voters scared by the pandemic he's failed to control. He's making malicious claims that the most corrupt election in US history is looming

Trump's full-bore effort to convince Americans that an election he may lose is corrupt is far more sinister than simply preparing a potentially face-saving exit from the White House.

The President's voters and his conservative media enablers have shown that when it is coming from him, they are not too concerned about assaults on America's constitutional norms and the institutions that hold presidents to account. That means Trump's anti-democratic tendencies will not necessarily rebound against him with constituencies that voted for a strongman four years ago.

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From: Showtalk 

8/14/20

One side thinks Trump will steal it but haven’t given a rational argument how he could do that. Another side thinks Biden will steal it, based on ballot harvesting which turned several seats after the votes had been tallied.  Why can’t we just let people vote in person if they want to or by mail if they wish and tally the vote cast?

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From: Showtalk 

8/14/20

We should stop considering mail in voting as a solution at all. It will not work. So whether or not Trump is in favor of it or not doesn’t matter.  This asks the wrong question. The real question is why any politician wants all mail voting when many votes, maybe millions, will not be counted.

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8/14/20

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8/14/20

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From: MerlinsDad 

8/14/20

News item by Paul P. Murphy
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/14/politics/usps-removes-letter-collection-boxes-reduces-post-office-operating-hours/index.html

Headline:  USPS removes mail collection boxes and reduces post office hours as critics accuse Trump administration of voter suppression

The United States Postal Service has started reducing post office operating hours across several states and removing their iconic blue letter collection boxes as it faces intense pressure to deal with millions of mail-in ballots this fall according to union officials.

Officials say that in the last week the USPS has removed letter collection boxes in at least four states: New York, Oregon, Montana and Indiana. The USPS has also begun notifying postal workers in at least three states -- West Virginia, Florida and Missouri -- that they will start to reduce their retail operating hours, according to union officials.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

8/14/20

Thank you for your opinion.

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From: MerlinsDad 

8/14/20

News item by Marshall Cohen and Kristen Holmes
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/14/politics/postal-service-inspector-general-reviewing-dejoy/index.html

Headline: Exclusive: Postal service inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes and potential ethics conflicts

The internal watchdog at the United States Postal Service is reviewing controversial policy changes recently imposed under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and is also examining DeJoy's compliance with federal ethics rules, according to a spokeswoman for the USPS inspector general and an aide to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who requested the review.

Lawmakers from both parties and postal union leaders have sounded alarms over disruptive changes instituted by DeJoy this summer, including eliminating overtime and slowing some mail delivery. Democrats claim he is intentionally undermining postal service operations to sabotage mail-in voting in the November election -- a charge he denies.

Agapi Doulaveris, a spokeswoman for the USPS watchdog, told CNN in an email, "We have initiated a body of work to address the concerns raised, but cannot comment on the details.

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8/14/20

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