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Do not vote by mail.

Do not vote by mail.

It appears that the die is cast for one of the most chaotic elections in American history – perhaps surpassed only by the 1860 election of President Abraham Lincoln.

The most obvious reason is that Trump and Biden already have their talking points in the can.  Whichever side wins, the other Is queuing up to cry foul – especially is the race is close.  If President Trump loses, Republicans will argue that the election had been stolen.  If Biden loses, Democrats will claim Russian interference and voter suppression.  The truth will not stand in the way of the narratives.

As we head closer to the start of the 2020 presidential election – and, with early voting, only a little more than a month away for many voters – let us unpack some of the narratives flowing around the media-sphere.

Absentee voting and mail-in voting are the same thing

One claim that has surfaced among Democrats and the left-wing media is that absentee voting and Vote-by-mail are exactly the same thing.  They are not.  Absentee voting was allowed ONLY if you had a legitimate claim that you could not possibly come to the polling place on Election Day.  In fact, it was a crime to use an absentee ballot if you were healthy, able-bodied and in town on Election Day.  It was most widely used by the men and women in the armed forces and those with incapacities or disabilities.

Absentee voting was kept to a minimum because of the potential and the history of vote fraud.  In that instance, the greater good of expanding the vote was measured against the exposure to increased fraud. The area of least exposure to fraud was the military ballots because they moved through the process beyond the reach of corrupt political operatives.  The greatest danger was in such places as nursing homes where corrupt political operatives would control the distribution and collection of ballots.  In many cases, such ward heelers would actually mark ballots without the knowledge or permission of the intended voter.

Harvesting ballots

The collection of many ballots by political operatives – known as “harvesting” – has long been considered a corrupt practice and historically outlawed because of the ease with which such ballots can be fraudulently cast.  Democrat administrations in several states have legalized the practice.  I mention the political party because Democrats’ political machines have historically been characterized by chronic vote fraud for many years.  Democrats also always favor loosening voting procedures that increase the potential of voter fraud – including early voting, same-day registration, provisionally cast ballots, issuing photo IDs that enable illegal aliens to vote and resisting the removal of ineligible, illegal and deceased voters from the voting rolls.

Among the most egregious practices is vote harvesting.  A large number of ballots can be requested, cast and counted without any assurance that the person associated with the vote knew they voted or were even alive.

Early voting

The more modern practice of early voting has its own set of problems and weakness in terms of vote frauds – most notably that the ballots are stored for a long time without adequate supervision by all stakeholders –  but ironically early voting can eliminate the need for the vast majority of absentee or mail-in ballots.  You do not have to be in town on election day.  This would leave absentee voting to most of the military and those incapable of traveling in public.  Even in the face of Covid-19, early voting can spread the vote over many days – thus eliminating the long lines with voters standing near each other.

Don’t vote mail

Vote-by-Mail is a very controversial proposal, to say the least.  Democrats push the idea based on their claim that it can increase voter participation.  It can.  But it also can increase fraudulent voting and election irregularities.

Democrats claim that they support Vote-by-Mail even though history suggests that absentee ballots favor Republicans.  Since that is GENERALLY true, you can bet that Democrats have some other reason to propose Vote-by-Mail.   I say it is “generally” true because that applies to places where there is a history and tradition of legal voting.  However, in the case of the big city Democrat political machines – where stealing votes is a common practice – absentee voting favors Democrats because of the large number improperly cast by grassroots political operatives.

The second major problem with Vote-by-Mail is the process itself.  The post office loses between 3 to 5 percent of the mail.  In these days of close elections, that could result in the election of the candidate with the fewest actual votes.

In addition, the Post Office does not postmark pre-stamped envelopes – and even some stamped envelopes – so it is impossible to determine if a vote was mailed before the deadline.  That can lead to protracted court cases.

The greater the number of mailed ballots, the long the count.  It could be weeks and even many months before election outcomes are determined and certified.

These are not theoretical problems.  Recent elections in New York are still undecided weeks after the voters cast their final ballots.  Those ballots with a lack of a postmark are being challenged in court.  If one state has fallen into chaos and uncertainty over the legitimacy of the process because of the large number of mailed ballots, image the chaos on the national scale – with both sides whipping the public into a partisan political frenzy.


There is something every voting American can do.  Do not succumb to the enticement of making it easy to vote at the cost of security and accuracy of the count.  Do not be a lazy voter. We can each do our part.  DO NOT VOTE BY MAIL unless you absolutely must.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. sean connelly

    I wish we could share these articles on Facebook,Twitter etc.

  2. Mike

    Here you go again-making all kinds of assertions about voting with not a shred of proof to back your idiotic statements. There is no real difference between absentee voting and the newer term vote by mail. True, absentee voting normally needs an excuse, but the balloting process is identical. And then you talk about fraud and ballot harvesting-though i have tried to school you on this matter before, you are obviously a slow learner. The only ballot harvesting that involved criminal activity in recent memory involved the republicans in North Carolina and caused an election to be invalidated. You also talk about election fraud, and how rampant it is in democrat-run cities. I am sure you are familiar with the committee set up to probe election fraud, led by idiotic Kris Kobach? The one that found absolutely no evidence of fraud in the 2016 election and was eventually dissolved by trump? And then you question the motives of democrats wanting people to vote by mail? Well, living in Florida you probably haven’t heard, but there is little virus called Covid-19 running rampant across the country, and people are being urged to avoid crowds. This has impacted people wanting to vote, and also impacted the ability of governments to get people to work at the polls, hence it just makes sense for people to vote by mail this election-being a Republican, doing something that makes sense is repulsive to you, I get that, but it sure makes you sound stupid. So there tis…

    • Larry Horist

      Mike, I am not sure if it is your reading ability or your comprehension ability, but you sure seem to miss a lot. There is a huge difference between absentee voting and sending out millions of actual ballots to every eligible or registered voter — a high percentage of whom have no desire to vote AND millions who are ineligible to vote.. Pew Research — a left-leaning organization — found that there were 25 MILLION ineligible people on the voting rolls. Los Angeles County has almost double the number of listed voters than there are eligible voters in the county. Those 24 million “people” will be getting ballots in the mail — and you do not think that is a problem. These actual ballots can be harvested and caste by political operatives. If only 10 percent are cast illegally, that is more than the winning margin in previous elections. You point to ballot harvesting in North Caroling by Republicans — but at least you admit it is a weakness in the system — and NC was not the only example. I see you are on constant spin cycle. It would take more time to bring all the facts to you — and I am sure you would ignore them. You can respond all you wish with your uninformed political bs, but I have no interest in wasting time trying to educate an old fool.

  3. Mike

    Larry, I base my comments on facts, and what actually takes place, not the musings of old fools such as yourself. Vote by mail is used in a number of states, and has been for a number of years. There have not been problems with this system. Why do you think this system cannot work in other states? You have theories, but I rely on actual data that says it does work. And of course you had no response to the voter fraud committee chaired by Kobach. That group was actually searching for the kinds of fraud you have alleged are rampant, but could not find any. And of course the democrats have excellent rationale for voting by mail in this very difficult year. I don’t know why you simply write things to stir up your base, but perhaps if you looked at the case studies that are actually available, you would have some credibility. As it is you are simply posting your musings, which are not backed up by facts.. So there tis…


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