Making postal voting permanent – AMAC

The “Zuck bucks” are no more. After pouring $350 million into largely Democratic districts in the 2020 election, boosting Joe Biden’s turnout in strategic counties, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) announced it would not try to privatize all future US elections.

Instead, he wants to federalize them.

Earlier this month, CTCL unveiled its next project: the American Alliance for Electoral Excellence, an $80 million campaign to increase federal funding for elections, which are administered by states, while centralizing their unfolding. Make no mistake, it’s the professional left to work, and it starts with making mail-in voting permanent.

US election offices received $800 million in additional funding for the 2020 election, half from Zuckerberg, half from Congress through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Yet, shortly after the Zuck dollar investigations began in early 2021, CTCL began asking Congress to allocate $20 billion in additional federal election funding, a 2,400% increase, to supposedly combat “rising paper ballot costs” caused by global supply shortages.

Paper supplies have been hit by Covid-19 lockdowns as much as any industry, but don’t be fooled by this ruse. The left one real The goal is to codify the mail-in ballot policies hastily adopted in the midst of Covid-19 in 2020. Mail-in ballots, after all, are printed on paper. The paper industry has been in decline for decades and the raw material crisis is a short-term problem.

Following CTCL’s lead, President Biden has offered $10 billion over the next decade for election infrastructure as part of his 2023 budget proposal. Half of that amount, $5 billion, would go to the U.S. Postal Service to “increase delivery capacity” of mail-in ballots “to underserved areas,” thereby making them postage-free (read: entirely taxpayer-funded).

Democrats believe mail-in voting will help the party in future elections, which is likely why Biden named Amber McReynolds to the US Postal Service board a month after she took office in 2021. Until recently, McReynolds was head of the National Vote at Home Institute. and “the nation’s most outspoken evangelist for mail-in voting,” according to Weather.

McReynolds got his start in left-wing activism registering likely Democratic voters ahead of the 2004 election for the Public Interest Network. National Vote at Home Institute fellow Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein practically ran the Green Bay, Wisconsin, election office in 2020 to benefit Biden. And the group is funded by the postal workers’ union. Yet this self-proclaimed “independent” gives Democrats a quiet majority on the board responsible for delivering our mail and, increasingly, managing our elections.

Besides CTCL, the Alliance for Electoral Excellence is led by a host of left-leaning nonprofits playing in “good government” groups. Although it calls itself “bipartisan,” the Center for Secure and Modern Elections (CSME) is a front for the $1.67 billion network of Arabella Advisors, the largest liberal lobbying force. powerful in Washington. The CSME lobbied for automatic voter registration nationwide and hired Democratic consultants to help funnel Zuck’s money to county election officials in at least two states in 2020.

The Center for Civic Design is using funding from liberal eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar to redesign the layout of ballots to help Democratic turnout, especially among non-English speakers. One of its main recommendations to political decision-makers: permanent postal voting, with the advice of its partner the National Vote at Home Institute.

Well before the announcement of the alliance, the CTCL, the Center for Civic Design and the National Vote at Home Institute had equipped themselves with another cog: the Elections Group, which offers “advice” to lawmakers on how to implement mail-in election systems, including taxpayers. -funded drop boxes intended to bypass Postal Service trash cans (something CTCL’s Zuck dollars paid for in 2020) and ballot healing.

Biden viewed the Electoral Caucus and the CTCL as key allies on the campaign trail. And at the White House? At least some of the funding for this campaign is said to come from former eBay chairman Jeff Skoll, a little-known donor to left-wing causes whose film company, Participant, produced 99%: the collaborative film Occupy Wall Street and Al Gore An inconvenient truth.

In 2020, the Skoll Foundation awarded its annual Skoll Awards for Social Innovation, which it gives to encourage “transformational social change”, to the three co-founders of CTCL: Tiana Epps-Johnson, Whitney May and Donny Bridges. Questions remain, but what is clear so far is that this campaign to centralize the US election is a project on deck for the militant class.

Conservatives are right to celebrate CTCL’s removal from its 2020 election strategy — the plan partially backfired, placing Biden in but prompting 18 Republican-led states to ban private election funding and overhaul election security. local elections, with others in progress. But the CTCL and its left donors are moving forward and not backing down. Conservatives must act to save our country’s elections.

Hayden Ludwig is a senior researcher-investigator for the Capital Research Center

Reprinted with permission from – The American Conservative by – Hayden Ludwig

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