The Trump administration continues to push the idea that mail-in voting will lead to fraud and an unfair election. But that isn’t the case at all.
On Wednesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway argued that mail-in voting shouldn’t be universal and people should risk their lives during a pandemic to wait in line for hours as she compared it to buying cupcakes.
People were swift to point out the flaws in her argument, including that cupcakes are not a constitutional right and that Georgetown Cupcake is actually not allowing people to stand in line right now.
Just a day after Conway’s remarks, it was reported by the Huffington Post that she had in fact voted by mail during the 2018 midterm elections.
“Conway was apparently unwilling to make that time commitment herself on Nov. 6, 2018, when she voted by mail, according to the Bergen County supervisor of elections,” reported S.V. Date and Roque Planas. “Conway, who with her husband continues to own a home in northern New Jersey, tried to draw a distinction between an absentee ballot and a mail ballot, although many states — including New Jersey ― have no such distinction and allow voters to cast ballots by mail without having to assert that they will be out of town.”
“That’s called an absentee ballot. One completes it and posts it by U.S. Mail,” Conway wrote in an email when HuffPost reporters reached out to her. “Don’t confuse it with a (non-absentee) ‘mail-in ballot’ to serve your purposes.”