The “Access Hollywood” segment, filmed as Trump was trying to vote in the 2004 election, shows Trump along with TV host Billy Bush visiting multiple polling stations in New York City. Trump, however, is blocked from voting anywhere because he is not on any of the voter rolls at every stop.
Trump may see himself becoming increasingly frustrated before declaring, “I’m going to fill the absentee vote.”
The segment ends with Trump filling in what Bush describes as a provisional vote in his car.
“I just voted,” Trump said. “At least you can tell Trumpster doesn’t stop.”
The 16-year-old video circulated on social media and gained new attention following the president’s continued attacks on postal voting.
Those attacks, which often take on a partisan hue as the president said he believes his party will be hurt by the postal vote, escalated on Thursday to the point that Trump put on hold. election ̵
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“With the Universal Mail-In Voting (not the Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most UNCONTRACTED and FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a big embarrassment for the United States,” Trump’s response Thursday. “Delay the Election until people can vote properly, safely and securely ???”
At a news conference later in the day, Trump was asked to explain his motivations. At first, he suggested he was trying to avoid a counting process that could take days or weeks if a large number of voters cast ballots by mail. But he eventually acknowledged his allegations that he could sow doubts about any results coming out in November.
“What people are watching is now … all these stories are right about the fact that these elections will be fraudulent, they will be fixed, suppressed,” he said.
“Everyone is looking at it,” Trump added. “A lot of people are saying it will probably happen.”
In reality, there is no evidence that postal voting leads to fraud. While rare cases of voter fraud in postal voting do not occur, there is nowhere a widespread problem in the U.S. electoral system. The most recent example of postal voting fraud occurred in the 2018 midterm elections in an activity in which a GOP activist in North Carolina was charged with many crimes with a link to a questionable absentee voting activity in a congressional run on behalf of the Republican candidate. .
Mail voting fraud is partly rare because states have systems and processes in place to prevent voter counterfeiting, theft, and fraud. These systems apply to both absent and postal voting for voters in the state.
In addition, the President’s distinction between postal voting and absentee voting weakens experts who say that those voting systems are essentially the same thing.
“Voting by mail with no excuse or absent vote – whatever you call it – is essentially the same thing,” David Becker, founder of the Nonpartisan Center for Electoral Innovation and Research, told CNN earlier. “You ask for a vote, you get a vote, you vote, you send it, and there are protections in place. It doesn’t matter if it’s called a postal vote or an absent vote. It’s the same thing.”
CNN’s Marshall Cohen, Tara Subramaniam, Holmes Lybrand, Kevin Liptak and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.