(CNSNews.com) - House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told a news conference on Thursday he's seen first-hand the pitfalls of automatically mailing ballots to registered voters, something more and more states are doing -- because of the pandemic, they say.
McCarthy prefaced his anecdote by noting the difference between absentee voting, where voters must request a ballot; and universal mail-in voting, where unsolicited ballots are mailed to registered voters, based on information from voter rolls that may be inaccurate.
McCarthy, who is from California, said:
I was just with a friend down in Texas. I have a lot of friends in Texas now, and I've never grown up in Texas. All my friends in Texas had moved from California. This one had moved more than six years ago. And when I went to see him for dinner, you know what he handed me? The absentee ballot California had mailed him; that he moved more than six years ago.
Los Angeles County has actually been ordered by the courts to clean up their rolls. They have more than 1.5 million people on it who do not live there. When you request an absentee ballot, you have to request--you have to sign your name. So they check your signature based upon your voter registration. There's a check and an authenticity to realize to have a trust in election.
I just watched in L.A. County, a couple people pleaded guilty to election fraud. We started out this Congress by not seating a member who won an election, because Democrats were concerned, and those in North Carolina, that there may have been harvesting of absentee ballots.
And now we're going to an election, not just for the House but for the presidency, too, something like we have not heard before, where many states are just giving an all-mail ballot.
We watched what happened in New York when they tried to do this, how many thousands of ballots were rejected. So I think the president has a very good point.
President Trump frequently tweets about the perils of mail-in voting. On Thursday, he wrote: "Because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballots which will be sent to 'voters', or wherever, this year, the Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED, which is what some want. Another election disaster yesterday. Stop Ballot Madness!"
McCarthy said he thinks a lot of Americans agree with the president. He urged Americans to apply for absentee ballots, "or go to the polls," he said.
"You want to make sure your vote counts. But the last thing you want to see, that there's fraud in it."
McCarthy said it's bad enough that foreign countries are trying to interfere in U.S. elections: "And when you compound that with the sophistication and just ballots being thrown out everywhere, instead of not even knowing whether the person lives there or not, or the person is alive or not, that raises a lot of concerns to a lot of people."