Democrats’ deceptive talking point that universal mail-in voting is completely “safe” and “secure” is collapsing as postal theft becomes rampant throughout the country.
Within the last week alone, CBS News Chicago released several articles detailing a series of incidents involving mail theft and crime throughout the Windy City. On July 31, for instance, the outlet reported blue drop-off mailboxes in Frankfort and Orland Park “were cut open by thieves,” with local law enforcement advising residents to “monitor their financial accounts or credit profiles for fraudulent activity.”
On the same day, CBS News Chicago revealed it obtained data from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) purportedly showing that the agency “hadn’t been keeping track of arrow key thefts until 2021” and “hadn’t made a single arrest for an arrow-key-related theft between 2020 and March 2023.” For context, arrow keys are used to open blue drop-off boxes and larger mailboxes found in apartment complexes or condos. An official with the U.S. Postal Inspectors, USPS’s law enforcement arm, claimed he felt such information “might not be 100 percent correct.”
But Chicago is hardly the exception. In fact, the city is a microcosm of the rampant mail theft increasing throughout the nation.
In May, USPS announced it was enacting a series of countermeasures designed to crack down on what they described as “rising mail theft, robberies of carriers, change-of-address fraud and counterfeit postage.” According to Reuters, these policies included installing 12,000 “high-security blue collection boxes” throughout the country in order to “make access more difficult for criminals” and replacing 49,000 “antiquated arrow locks with electronic locks” to stop mail theft.
“USPS also said there have been more than 25,000 reported thefts from mail receptacles including blue collection boxes in the six months ending March 30 compared with 38,500 for all of 2022,” the report reads. A local Florida news outlet separately reported last week that Postal Inspector arrests for mail theft and fraud have declined since 2018, despite an increase in such crimes.
But how could this be? The American public has been assured time and again by Democrats and their legacy media allies that there are no risks to voting by mail and that the practice is totally secure. Sure, there are numerous examples of mail-in voting gone wrong, but those are irrelevant, right?
The reality is that Democrats care about secure elections about as much as they do the well-being of the American people. Widespread, unsupervised mail-in voting is merely a tool that allows leftist activists to harvest low-effort votes. Along with the use of well-funded, left-wing nonprofits, the Democrat Party election machine is able to run highly partisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns that accrue them an advantage over Republicans ahead of Election Day.
At the end of the day, Democrats don’t care about the security in-person Election Day voting brings or the integrity of U.S. elections. All they care about is acquiring and maintaining power. If that means embracing risky voting policies like mail-in voting, then so be it.
Shawn Fleetwood is a staff writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He previously served as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood
Originally Posted on: https://thefederalist.com/2023/08/07/how-can-mail-in-voting-be-secure-when-postal-theft-is-rampant/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-can-mail-in-voting-be-secure-when-postal-theft-is-rampant
[By: Shawn Fleetwood