By: Alayna Soltis
Throughout the United States, rumors of hundreds of ballots being thrown out have been discussed. Even President Donald Trump has warned of recent ballots being thrown out. In a few states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there have been confirmed cases of ballots being thrown out. A controversial topic is how voting should be done, through mail in ballots or in person voting due to the current virus outbreak.
Many wonder if mail in ballots are truly resulting in invalid votes, including Dylan Jock, a senior at Glenelg Highschool states his opinion on if the voting process is unfair, “I think that either way one side is going to be obviously unhappy with how the election turns out. I don’t think it’s unfair because it could be either party's votes thrown out.” Jock states that it could be either candidates ballots being thrown out. Is there any real proof of one party’s ballots getting thrown out?
A confirmed case of ballots being thrown out was in New Jersey. Over 100 ballots were found thrown away in a dumpster. Although the ballots were blank, there is now speculation on if this could be happening anywhere else in the US. Many Americans are now hesitant to use mail in ballots because of this case, although it would be the safest way to protect yourself from the virus. Dylan Gue, a senior at Glenelg High School, states “Although I cannot vote until the next election, if I was voting now I would be hesitant to vote mail in although that is the safest way.” Gue adds to the statement that voting in person and main in the voting both have their risks. Even with a close vote, the hundreds of peoples ballots being thrown away could make a difference in the election.
In the first presidential debate, Trump claimed that ballots are being thrown out and sold all over. He specifically claims that military ballots were thrown away with his name in them. A U.S. Attorney has confirmed Trump's claims that a small amount of military ballots were found thrown out. A rumor proven false was in Ohio State. Can things like this be prevented during this tough time? Molly Nichols, a Senior at Glenelg High School, states “It’s hard to stop things like this happening, especially during this time. No matter what you do or say it’s hard to keep track of all of America's votes and trace stuff like that.” During this time it’s hard to prevent things like ballots being thrown away. It’s almost impossible to trace things like that back to a singular person and hold them accountable.
Trump has made numerous accusations all over the United States of ballots being thrown out. Most getting shut down instantly, there still have been a few proven correct. Although Biden has not stated much on this issue. As close as the election was in 2016, every vote counts. Even just a small percent of ballots being thrown out could make a difference in the election. Rumsha Khan, a Junior at Glenelg High School, states, “If the President was truly worried he would be doing more to make sure that every ballot is counted. Making accusations won't help that in any way.” As mentioned before, it is tough to prevent this from happening, but there haven't been many precautions that Trump has taken, besides advising people to do in person voting.
With the election just a little more than a week away, some states are allowing people to vote after November 3. This could be a good or bad thing, if both candidates are close in the final run, it could be a tie breaker. Some positives are it gives people time to make their final decision and make sure that they are positive about their vote. It also gives extra time for voters ballots to be sent in the mail. Some negatives to this are, that it could determine the turn out of the election, if one state is on the verge between the two candidates, that would determine who would win making November 3 not the actual election day. In person voting and ballot voting both have their positive and negatives to each. With postal services trying to handle the situation, how else do you think this issue could be prevented?