Images of voters crowded together on long lines at ballot places in Wisconsin this week had a lot of Americans wondering about alternative, safe election procedures. Some states, such as Washington State, have embraced mail-in voting during recent elections. Might that be a safer way to exercise our democratic rights during the age of coronavirus?
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump dismissed the idea out of hand, saying it encouraged fraud. So I spoke with Harri Hursti, one of the world’s leading experts on election fraud, about the viability of mail-in voting. Hursti is the star of the new HBO documentary Kill Chain, and was also featured in the HBO film Hacking Democracy more than a decade ago. He is also creator of the “Hursti Hack,” the first time voting machines had been hacked.
In this video, Hursti says there are many potential issues with mail-in ballots — voter manipulation, vote harvesting, vote buying, and even tricking voters into dropping off their ballots at the wrong place. But, he says, all these issues can be mitigated, and during a time of crisis, mail-in voting is a valid alternative.