Respectable Establishment Republican Bill Barr has some thoughts, let’s call them, about the common American practice of voting by mail to share:
“Just think about the way we vote now,” Barr said. “You have a precinct, your name is on a list, you go in and say who you are, you go behind a curtain, no one is allowed to go in there to influence you, and no one can tell how you voted. All of that is gone with mail-in voting. There’s no secret vote. You have to associate the envelope in the mailing and the name of who’s sending it in, with the ballot.
“There’s no more secret vote with mail-in vote. A secret vote prevents selling and buying votes. So now we’re back in the business of selling and buying votes. Capricious distribution of ballots means (ballot) harvesting, undue influence, outright coercion, paying off a postman, here’s a few hundred dollars, give me some of your ballots,” the attorney general said.
Some jurisdictions require “secrecy sleeves” to separate the ballot from the envelope that could identify a voter. But would you trust that sleeve in Cook County, home of Johnny Rocco?
“You know liberals project,” Barr said. “All this bulls— about how the president is going to stay in office and seize power? I’ve never heard of any of that crap. I mean, I’m the attorney general. I would think I would have heard about it. They are projecting. They are creating an incendiary situation where there will be loss of confidence in the vote.
“Someone will say the president just won Nevada. ‘Oh, wait a minute! We just discovered 100,000 ballots! Every vote will be counted!’ Yeah, but we don’t know where these freaking votes came from,” Barr said, promising to watch “Key Largo.”
Sure, none of the parade of horribles Barr is rambling on about have actually happened in the jurisdictions that have vote by mail, but I have a quote from an Edward G. Robinson character in a movie from 1948 CHECKMATE LIBS WHERE’S YOUR MESSIAH NOW SEE!
I dunno about you, but I have concluded that having an Attorney General of the United States who would be the least hinged and most sycophantic member of Fox and Friends is bad.