PEABODY – When Republican businessman Bob May, a current candidate for Congress and a former 2020 candidate for state representative, learned that Democrats were working to make pandemic-era mail-in voting provisions permanent, he knew he had to get involved. “Having seen firsthand how badly mismanaged the voter rolls were two years ago, the thought that we’d turn around and make a law passed solely due to a worldwide emergency pandemic permanent is absolutely wrong,” May said Tuesday. “We saw thousands of ballot applications mailed to old addresses, and the thousands more returned as undeliverable.
“We simply cannot do this again. It wrecks people’s faith in our elections, and once that’s gone, you can never get it back.”
Meanwhile, May, whose family lives in West Peabody, recently saw his Massachusetts House district remapped, meaning he lost out on a bid to mount a second challenge to State Representative Sally Kerans, a Democrat from Danvers. May said the redistricting he experienced was intended to protect Kerans and was part of what prompted him to challenge Democratic U.S. Representative Seth Moulton.
“Congressman Moulton walks in lockstep with our failed President Joe Biden, who he even campaigned for,” May said. “Something tells me Moulton doesn’t want President Biden anywhere near him this election. The Democrats’ policies have inflicted disastrous harm on family budgets and quality of life, and you can thank Moulton and his mentor Joe Biden for that.”
As for the Democrats’ push to make mail-in voting a permanent fixture in Massachusetts elections, May has one word to describe it: unconstitutional. “The Massachusetts Constitution lists just three reasons citizens can use to vote absentee – if they’re out of town or serving overseas, if they’re disabled, or if they have a previous religious commitment that conflicts with Election Day,” May pointed out. “Making universal no-fault mail-in voting helps out one group the most – incumbents – and that’s the real reason why the Democrats did this.
“Name recognition is the most powerful factor in political campaigns, and when you make mail-in early voting permanent, you’re denying challengers with that last chance to directly make their case to voters, and that is exactly the point of all of this.”