Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview Sunday that he “can’t guarantee” that it’ll be safe to physically vote at polls in November thanks to coronavirus.
Jake Tapper, the host of ‘State of the Union’, asked Dr. Fauci if he thought it’ll be safe in November for voters to physically attend vote at the polls.
“I hope so, Jake,” he said, in an interview on CNN with Jake Tapper. “I can’t guarantee it.”
“So, favorite, I hope we don’t have a rebound that might make this very difficult as we get into November,” continued Dr. Fauci. “But if we do, and they’re certainly may be a possibility, I’m a realist, it certainly may be a possibility, hopefully, we’ll be ready to answer that rebound in a far more effective way than what we’ve seen now in January, February, March.”
President Trump has spoken out unfavorably against mail-in ballots and there was a dramatic clash last week in Wisconsin that pitted Republicans within the state legislature and state Supreme Court against many Democrats nationwide.
James Carville, the Democrat political consultant, said Republicans will “literally kill people to remain in power.”
Michael McDonald, a social scientist at the University of Florida, told NPR that Wisconsin could convince be a “canary during a coal mine” for November
The real outstanding question is whether or not or not we’re getting to have an election system which will deliver for the voters and whether or not we’re getting to be ready to manage everybody having the ability to choose November,” he said.
The report acknowledged that these sorts of ballots are growing in popularity. About one in four ballots in 2018 were by mail. Patrick Ruffini, a partner at a Republican polling firm, told NPR that mail-in voting doesn’t appear to favor any party. He said there “hasn’t been strong evidence that a wholesale shift to voting by mail does cause a state to maneuver more Democratic or more Republican.
He told NPR that the devil “is truly within the details,” and acknowledged that other factors may play a task. He acknowledged that some states send these ballots to all or any registered voters while some require ballot requests. The report said to organize for a legal fight.
Trump said last week that mail-in voting is “horrible. It’s corrupt.”
Trump then suggested that “you get thousands and thousands of individuals sitting in someone’s front room signing ballots everywhere the place…I think that mail-in voting may be a terrible thing.” The president didn’t offer any evidence to copy his claim that voting by mail is rampant with fraud and abuse.
“It shouldn’t be mail-in voting,” Trump added. “It should be: you attend a booth and you proudly display yourself. You don’t send it within the mail where people can devour. All kinds of bad things can happen … by the time it gets in and is tabulated.
Fauci told CNN that he didn’t want to sound “pessimistic.”
“There is usually the likelihood, as we get into next fall and therefore the beginning of early winter, that we could see a rebound,” he said