One point I’ve made about mail-in balloting is that there’s a lot of fiddly things that can be done incorrectly. Well-intentioned people would look past these things, but since Republicans are involved, voters mailing in ballots better dot all their i’s and cross their t’s.
And then there’s North Carolina, in which ballots submitted by black voters are being rejected at four times the rate of ballots submitted by whites; for Hispanic voters, their rejection rate is three times as high as white voters. One complication appears to be people submitting ballots without a witness signature.
If Democrats were a competent political party (a boy can dream!), they would be spending a little less money on ads and more money on instructions and ensuring people have witnesses–I imagine the elderly could find it difficult to get a witness.
I realize caucuses are bad in most ways–and Iowa’s 2020 caucuses were a nightmare–but they do require a campaign to ensure everything goes right, from start to finish. You need to turn people out, make sure they stay, and hold their votes. As I noted about the Iowa caucuses:
But the app collapse is important because it highlights three problems with the Democratic Party–and by party, I don’t just mean the elected officials, but the consultants and unelected officers of the party, along with aligned pundits, which I often refer to as professional Democrats. While this seems like insider stuff, as Monday demonstrated, these failures hurt the party’s ability to take power. We need better professional Democrats, as the rest of us can’t be there all the time to do all the things.
Right now, a little more organization might make the difference between winning and losing North Carolina’s electoral votes and a Senate seat, and it’s not clear said organizational ability is in evidence.