After six months of making the case that mail-in voting is absolutely necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19, the CDC just told COVID-19 patients to go vote in person.
More people than ever are voting by mail because – we were told – it’s “the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” Counties throughout Montana, for example, have mailed ballots to every registered voter whether or not they asked for one. These significant changes to our voting system were largely advocated by Democrats, both because of their blind adherence to the CDC and also because it would be a great boon to the Democratic Party. Demographically, there are slightly more liberals than conservatives in the United States, but conservatives often win elections because – like it or not – conservatives are more likely to vote.
Montana’s Governor Bullock, who successfully thwarted a lawsuit to stop all-mail voting, claimed that the measure would keep Montanans safe.
Bullock said, “There is nothing more sacred in our democracy than the right to vote, and no duty of government more important than to keep its citizens safe. I’m pleased that today’s decision will enable hundreds of thousands of Montanans to vote safely…”
However, after six months of making the case that mail-in voting is absolutely necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just told COVID-19 patients it was completely okay to go out in person to a local polling place to vote.
The CDC told CNN in an email, “In-person voting can be carried out safely following CDC’s recommendations for polling location and voters.”
The CDC also told them, “The CDC’s recommendations for isolating someone who has Covid-19 or quarantining someone who was in close contact with a person with Covid-19 would not preclude them from exercising their right to vote.”
Let that sink in.
The CDC has advocated for policies that would detain, arrest, and harass people without COVID-19 from exercising their First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble or worship. However, the CDC just told people with COVID-19 to go out into public, stand in long lines, and occupy a tiny voting booth that will be occupied by thousands of more people before the day is out.
Is the CDC serious? Furthermore, if COVID-19 was as serious as the CDC claims, would they tell COVID-positive patients it’s okay to go vote in person? Meanwhile, Democrat governors all across the country are telling perfectly healthy people to “avoid large gatherings.”