As we’ve come to expect, all those Trumpists complaining about “illegal, unconstitutional” ballot drop boxes a freaking out over nothing. The Associated Press looked all over the country for signs of trouble caused by ballot drop boxes, but election officials of all stripes said, nope, the drop boxes work fine:
In response to the legislation and conspiracy theories surrounding drop boxes, the AP sent a survey in May to the top elections office in each state seeking information about whether the boxes were tied to fraudulent votes or stolen ballots, or whether the boxes and the ballots they contained were damaged.
All but five states responded to the questions.
None of the election offices in states that allowed the use of drop boxes in 2020 reported any instances in which the boxes were connected to voter fraud or stolen ballots. Likewise, none reported incidents in which the boxes or ballots were damaged to the extent that election results would have been affected.
…Arizona Assistant Secretary of State Allie Bones said drop boxes are “safe and secure” and might even be considered more secure than Postal Service mailboxes. She said bipartisan teams in the state collect ballots from the drop boxes and take them directly to secure election facilities, following so-called chain-of-custody protocols.
“Not to say that there’s anything wrong with USPS, and I think they do a great job as well, but the hysteria around ballot drop boxes I think is just a made-up thing to create doubt and fear,” Bones said [Anthony Izaguirre and Christina A. Cassidy, “No Major Problems with Ballot Drop Boxes in 2020, AP Finds,” AP, 2022.07.17].
Trumpists and the Republican Party they’ve taken over will keep hollering about bogeymen; if you want leaders to work on real problems instead of trying to make it harder for you to vote, you’ll have to vote for Democrats.