Byron York’s Daily Memo: The many dangers of voting by mail

Chapter and verse, folks.   About the New York fiasco.

More than three weeks after the New York primaries, election officials have not yet counted an untold number of mail-in absentee ballots, leaving numerous closely watched races unresolved, including two key Democratic congressional contests.

The absentee ballot count — greatly inflated this year after the state expanded the vote-by-mail option because of the coronavirus pandemic — has been painstakingly slow, and hard to track, with no running account of the vote totals available.

In some cases, the tiny number of ballots counted has bordered on the absurd: In the 12th Congressional District, where Representative Carolyn B. Maloney is fighting for her political life against her challenger, Suraj Patel, only 800 of some 65,000 absentee ballots had been tabulated as of Wednesday, according to Mr. Patel, though thousands had been disqualified.

From Byron York via email:

People are right to be worried. When someone tells you that voting by mail is nothing to worry about, be skeptical.

Do I worry? Do I give a bag of beans? You can bet your life I do.  From the incomparable Ink Spots.

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