Adjunct Professor Jerry Goldfeder shared his expert opinion in an op-ed for the New York Daily News. Professor Goldfeder discusses the best options for voting in the presidential election during the pandemic.
I am voting early. In most states, Americans no longer have to wait until Election Day to cast their ballots. Minnesota and Virginia began early in-person voting on Sept. 18. By mid-October, voters in several battleground states will also start casting their ballots. New York’s early voting period starts Oct. 24. By Election Day, millions of votes will have already been cast.
I am not voting on Nov. 3 because the lines will undoubtedly be very long. I am not voting by mail because the odds are high that the ballot will either be invalidated by election law technicalities or attacked as fraudulent — and because, even if my vote is counted, I’m worried that a ton of mail will lead to a constitutional crisis. Let me explain.