- President Donald Trump on Friday said he plans to vote absent in the 2020 elections.
- Trump paints a false distinction between absentee voting and postal voting, which are pretty much the same thing.
- The president has repeatedly made baseless claims that the postal vote will lead to widespread voter fraud in November.
- Voter fraud is extremely rare in the United States.
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After months of baseless attacks on postal voting, President Donald Trump on Friday said he plans to vote by an absent vote in the 2020 elections.
“Absentee voting is big … I̵7;m going to vote absent,” Trump told reporters as he condemned the postal vote again, which is virtually identical to absentee voting in terms of process and security measures.
Trump has repeatedly drawn a false distinction between absenteeism and postal voting, according to voting experts.
“Voting with no excuse by mail or absent vote for any call is – it’s essentially the same thing,” said David Becker, founder of the non-partisan Center for Electoral Innovation and Research in mid-July.
“You ask for a vote, you get a vote, you vote, you send it, and there are protections in place,” Becker added. “It doesn’t matter if you call it a postal vote or an absent vote. It’s the same thing.”
Although he continues to make misleading comments about the postal vote, Trump will vote by mail in November. The president also voted by mail at the Florida GOP primary back in March.
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Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats favor extended access to postal voting to reduce the chances of the virus spreading to crowded polling stations.
Trump, who is leading former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls, responded with repetitive and baseless claims that the postal vote will lead to widespread fraud.
“Because of the MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in the history of our nations – until this stupidity ends,” Trump replies on June 22nd.
On Thursday, the president went on to suggest that the election should be postponed (which no legal authority has to do), reiterating unsubstantiated concerns about postal voting and reflecting tactics. of anti-democratic and authoritarian regimes in the process.
The reality is that voter fraud is extremely rare in the United States, and there is no substantial evidence to support the larger concept of access to postal voting that endangers the integrity of the polls. election.
In 2016 and 2018, there were only 372 cases of potential fraud out of about 14.6 million postal votes (only 0.0025%), according to a recent analysis by The Washington Post. A number of states already run
Despite these facts, Trump continues to maintain that the postal vote will lead to a “disaster” in November.
In short, the president is actively trying to undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 election on a secure form of voting that he plans to use himself.