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Brownstone Institute Argues ‘Two Weeks to Flatten Became Eight Months to Change the Election’

Brownstone Institute Argues 'Two Weeks to Flatten Became Eight Months to Change the Election'
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, significant changes swept across the American electoral landscape, reshaping traditional voting norms and procedures. Drawing insights from a thought-provoking analysis by the Brownstone Institute, this article delves into the profound implications of what began as “Two Weeks to Flatten” but evolved into “Eight Months to Change the Election.”

Election Day Tradition Overturned

Election Day Tradition Overturned
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In 1845, Congress established Election Day as the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, aiming to provide a uniform time for Americans to cast their ballots for president. Historically, voters needed valid reasons for absentee ballots. However, Covid-19 served as a pretext to overturn that tradition.

Covid as a Pretext

Covid as a Pretext
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The pandemic led to a surge in mail-in voting, with key swing states eliminating the need for valid reasons for absentee ballots. Verification methods like signature requirements were disregarded under the guise of public health and racial justice concerns.

Election Infrastructure Overhaul

Election Infrastructure Overhaul
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The overhaul of the election system was initiated early in the pandemic response. The administrative state began instituting infrastructure changes to reshape the November presidential election, extending far beyond the initial two-week lockdown period.

March 2020: The CDC and the CARES Act Meddle in the Election

March 2020 The CDC and the CARES Act Meddle in the Election
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The CDC recommended voting methods minimizing direct contact, including mail-in voting. Soon after, the CARES Act provided funds for states to re-engineer their election processes, setting the stage for widespread changes favoring mail-in voting.

Political Maneuvering Amidst a Pandemic

Political Maneuvering Amidst a Pandemic
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State leaders strategically utilized CARES Act funds to promote mail-in voting and relax electoral safeguards. Swing states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin implemented significant changes, impacting voter turnout and, ultimately, election outcomes.

Partisan Activism and External Funding

Partisan Activism and External Funding
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Democratic activists, supported by external funding, intensified efforts to promote mail-in voting, particularly targeting communities that traditionally favored in-person voting. Despite claims of non-partisanship, individuals involved were later rewarded with political appointments.

Challenges and Controversies

Challenges and Controversies
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Subsequent elections and recounts revealed significant challenges and controversies surrounding mail-in voting, including instances of voter fraud, ballot mishandling, and system errors, casting doubts on the integrity of the electoral process.

Historical Context and International Comparisons

Historical Context and International Comparisons
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The vulnerabilities of mail-in voting have been recognized historically, with numerous examples of fraud and corruption worldwide. While other countries have implemented safeguards or outright bans on mail-in voting, the U.S. opted for a different path.

Political Theater and Distrust

Political Theater and Distrust
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The politicization of election procedures and the dismissal of concerns about electoral integrity have contributed to widespread distrust in the electoral process. Political maneuvering, coupled with the pretext of a public health crisis, led to significant changes with far-reaching implications.

The Quest for Truth Amidst Controversy

The Quest for Truth Amidst Controversy
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Despite ongoing controversies and accusations, the search for truth regarding the integrity of the 2020 election remains elusive. Political actors have focused on alternative explanations, overlooking the fundamental changes made under the guise of pandemic response.

The Road Ahead: Restoring Confidence in Democracy

The Road Ahead Restoring Confidence in Democracy
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Addressing concerns surrounding the 2020 election requires bipartisan efforts to restore confidence in the electoral process. Transparency, accountability, and a commitment to upholding democratic principles are essential in safeguarding the integrity of future elections.

Preventing Voter Fraud

Preventing Voter Fraud
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What do you think? How can the revelations surrounding the 2020 election reshape public perception of mail-in voting and its impact on electoral integrity? What measures should be implemented to prevent instances of voter fraud and ballot mishandling in future elections?

Election Reform

Election Reform
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To what extent do external influences, such as political activism and funding, contribute to the transformation of electoral processes? How can historical precedents and international comparisons inform discussions on election reform and safeguarding democratic principles?

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