Voting concerns shift from hacking to mailing

    President Donald Trump refused to say whether or not he'd accept the results of the 2020 election.

    A United States Postal Service (USPS) carrier makes his rounds on August 05, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Though there were concerns about security hacking and international interference in the 2020 Presidential election, officials say postal service concerns are now at the top of the list, according to Reuters.

    While concerns about electronic poll books malfunctioning and armed forces overseas voting through the internet are still present, officials think postal service slowdowns may delay election results and cause political mayhem.

    When speaking to Chris Wallace of Fox News, President Donald Trump refused to say whether or not he’d accept the results of the 2020 election, while slamming the concept of mail-in voting in general.

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    Many are still hoping that in-person voting will be efficient and successful, but some are worried that some localities may not having enough funding for election-day workers to handle in-person votes under pandemic conditions. There is also a possibility of protests and disruptions.

    Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security said people should vote as early as possible and expect delayed election results.

    “Sending the ballots out to the voters who need them, and processing the marked ballots, are both very human-intensive processes that often involve checks by multiple people, and it has to be done properly or the integrity of the election can get called into question,” said Georgetown University Professor Matt Blaze in a keynote address this week.

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    Blaze is also a part of Voting Village, which “explores voting machines, systems, and databases and works to promote a more secure democracy,” according to its social media pages.

    Blaze believes mail-in voting can work if the U.S. over prepares and prints ample ballots and hires enough workers.

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