While the Democrats have delayed their convention, most experts believe that election day itself will unlikely be impacted by COVID-19.
That hasn't stopped Democrats from calling for mail-in voting to happen in November.
Election day is still over 6 months away and a lot can change between now and then.
While there are fears of a second wave, experts including Dr. Fauci believe that we will be much more prepared and able to minimize the spread.
Chances are that we will have more knowledge about the novel coronavirus thanks to medical scientists and researchers.
President Trump has spoken out against the Democrat-led proposals to move towards mail-in voting.
Trump cited concerns regarding election security and voter fraud.
More details can be seen below:
President Trump also emphasized the need for voter ID.
Ironically, many Democrats have been criticizing Trump's statements.
It was the Democrats who accused Russia of colluding with Trump to tamper with the presidential election results.
Shouldn't they be the first ones in line to fight for voter ID to make sure the integrity of our election is intact?
Instead, Democrats have turned to race baiting and identity politics to slam voter ID proposals.
The Hill has more on President Trump's opposition to mail-in voting in November:
President Trump on Friday said he's confident the general election in November won't be delayed by the coronavirus, but he rejected the idea of having every state prepare to conduct mail-in voting.
The president, speaking at the daily White House briefing on the pandemic, made clear he does not support using vote-by-mail as a backstop in the event the outbreak keeps people from going to the polls.
“No, because I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting," said Trump, who has levied baseless accusations about voter fraud that he claims kept him from winning the popular vote in 2016. "I think people should vote with ID, voter ID. I think voter ID is very important, and the reason they don’t want voter ID is because they intend to cheat."
“It shouldn’t be mail-in voting," he added. "It should be you go to a booth and you proudly display yourself. You don’t send it in the mail where people can pick up — all sorts of bad things can happen … by the time it gets in and is tabulated."
Democrats have pushed for additional funding to bolster mail-in and absentee voting availability. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and others argue that voting by mail could be necessary in the event the virus is still prevalent and keeps poll workers and voters from casting their ballots in November.
The coronavirus relief package signed into law last week by Trump included $400 million for states to beef up preparations for primaries and the general election during the coronavirus crisis. Democrats had initially pushed for $4 billion.
For three years, Democrats accused Russia of meddling in the U.S. election.
Though they ran investigation after investigation, there is no proof of any election meddling or any altered votes.
Still, it would seem that people who were once worried about election security would prefer voter ID over mail-in voting, which could result in tampered votes.
Fortunately, the GOP appears to be united behind President Trump on this issue.
There is currently ongoing litigation happening in Wisconsin and New Mexico over voting rules and voter ID.
Instead of changing voting rules in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Democrats should find a way to make voting safe and secure.
The RNC is working with Republicans at local and state levels, according to Politico:
The Trump campaign and RNC are actively engaged in litigation in Wisconsin, where the parties are at loggerheads over an array of issues including voter identification, and in New Mexico, where the battle involves vote-by-mail. The skirmishing has also spread across key states like Pennsylvania and Georgia, where the well-organized Trump apparatus has fought over changes that could sway the outcome of the election.
The enterprise — which includes more than two dozen GOP officials, including lawyers dedicated entirely to litigation — shows how completely the pandemic has upended the 2020 election. While litigation over voting issues is not uncommon, the coronavirus — and the likely obstacles it will create for voting in November — has brought the issue to the forefront of the campaign.
The public health crisis is already injecting a huge X-factor into the election, with impossible-to-predict effects on voter turnout, and officials in both parties acknowledge the fights over voting laws could affect the outcome of the election.
Democrats — who typically benefit from high turnout elections because their voters cast ballots less reliably — are plowing ahead with initiatives to make it easier to vote. Appearing Tuesday on MSNBC, likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden described a range of possible changes, such as using drive-through voting stations.
“This is about making sure that we're able to conduct our democracy while we're dealing with a pandemic. We can do both,” Biden said. “There's a lot of ways to do it, but we should be talking about it now.”
Trump advisers say they are open to certain changes, such as automatically sending absentee ballot applications to voters over age 65. But they’re opposed to other moves Democrats are pushing, such as sending every voter a ballot regardless of whether they ask for one, which Republicans argue would open the door to fraud.
Trump has long been fixated on voter fraud. He has repeatedly claimed without evidence that he lost New Hampshire in 2016 because out-of-staters cast ballots, and after the election the president set up a since-disbanded voter fraud commission. Following the disastrous 2018 midterms, Trump said that after voting, some people “go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again.”
Trump has been worried about voter fraud for years, so he's been consistent on the issue of voter ID.
Furthermore, there have been reports, including on published on Breitbart, that George Soros is behind the Democrat efforts to push for mail-in voting in November.
President Trump is worried that "people cheat" with mail-in voting.
Our officials should prioritize election security and integrity and leave the handling of the coronavirus pandemic to the task force and medical experts.