Obama claims “Voting by mail shouldn’t be a partisan issue––especially during a pandemic”

Monday, former President Obama took to Twitter to push for increased voting by mail.

Obama wrote:

Voting by mail shouldn’t be a partisan issue––especially during a pandemic. Everybody should be able to request an absentee ballot, and make their voice heard in every election.

The piece by NPR Obama shared is highly critical of Trump and says:

What have President Trump and Republicans in Congress said about mail voting?

The president has made it clear that despite voting by mail himself multiple times, he does not support wide expansion of the practice.

He has tweeted a number of false claims about what states are doing, including saying it was illegal for the secretary of state of Michigan to mail all registered voters in that state ballot request forms, and misrepresenting California’s decision to mail all registered voters ballots.

Notably, Twitter decided to weigh in by adding a “fact check” label to his tweet about California’s decision.

Trump says voters should be required to have a reason for voting absentee, otherwise the election process will become “substantially fraudulent.” He and his staff point to a number of isolated incidents of fraud but have never provided the data needed to prove the point. Election experts say the claim is false.

Trump has also indicated he thinks expanding mail balloting would be bad politically for the Republican Party, although research disputes this notion as well. A recent study from Stanford University found no partisan effect of implementing universal mail voting.

Many Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, are focused on how mail ballots are returned. They don’t want people to be able to return ballots for others.

Generally, Democrats see the practice as helpful for vulnerable populations; one person turning in all the ballots for a nursing home or housing complex for instance. But what Democrats call “community ballot collection,” Republicans deride as “ballot harvesting,” and say it opens up those same vulnerable populations to manipulation and vote coercion.