This whole issue is not framed on what’s best for the people, but for the parties. Rejecting absentee ballots helps one party but not the other. That is all of the decision makers are looking at — despite their claims of “being more democratic.”
If USA adopts a massive mail-in ballot system — especially with such little lead in time — expect massive cheating the first two or three elections. Sorry, both sides will assume the other side is cheating, so they too must cheat. That will discredit the legitimacy of the election.
And if Wisconsin gets to postpone its vote, then that sets the stage for Mr. Trump to postpone his vote.
There’s an old saying: “Be careful of what you wish for”. The D’s should be careful. No one knows how this is going to play out in the next few months.
As you know I am advocating for an alternative system of governance. So I am contemplating how something like Covid-19 could affect those elections, when social isolation is called for.
At the local level — with 200-person electoral districts — it would not be that difficult for local TDGs to set up mail-in ballots long before a pandemic struck. In that way, the process would be seen as legitimate because it has been perfected and proven. No ulterior motive should be assumed because more people prefer to vote by mail than by in person.
At the higher levels, where voters number from 4 to 40, there won’t be a lot of people around. If in-person voting is required, social contact can be minimized to reduce the risk. If mail in votes are preferred, the non-partisan advisory board (because there are no parties in the TDG) could set a mechanism to get votes by mail or hand-delivery.