Tuesday September 1 at 7:30 p.m. GMT:
Election day in the United States is less than 10 weeks away, and there is one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on: This is one of the most important presidential and parliamentary polls in the world. history of the country. But concerns are growing over whether people’s voices will truly be reflected at the ballot box.
US President Donald Trump, behind Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in most polls, at attack postal vote. He says he’s open to widespread abuse, a claim the voting experts reject. A recent series of orders from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to remove postal service letterboxes and sorting machines – most of them in major “battlefield” states – from service Angry Democrats who say it’s an attempt to prevent ballots from reaching polling stations before the polling deadline. DeJoy, a donor to the Republican Party and the Trump campaign, deny that the changes made under his leadership are aimed at slowing the conduct of the ballot and thus tilting the election in favor of the Republicans.
Voting rights activists now say Americans should mail out ballots as soon as they can, or use alternative means to vote early. They advise voters to consider displaying their ballot in the ballot boxes at local polling stations, joining the community ballot collection, or voting in person well before election day, November 3. . poorly represented parts of the United States are making their voices heard at the polls.
But as the coronavirus sweeps across the United States, it is also likely to impact the elections. Voter registration in person tumbled while people remain wary of transmission of Covid-19, while driver’s license offices that traditionally register people to vote have been on limited hours as the pandemic rages on. The country’s electoral offices are also short of election staff, many of whom are seniors and worry about the risk of infection.
As people across the United States grapple with the prospect of waking up on November 4th without clear projection of a presidential winner, The Stream will meet with three voting experts to hear their thoughts on what lies ahead. Join the conversation.
Source: Al Jazeera