President Donald Trump said that mail-in voting should not be conducted in the United States, saying that its supporters are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to push for the policy.
“The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history,” Trump wrote on Twitter, arguing that some absentee voting was fine. However, widespread voting-by-mail will increase the chance of voter fraud, he argued.
The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and “force” people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2020
“People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and ‘force’ people to sign. Also, forge names,” Trump wrote. “Trying to use Covid for this Scam!”
Since winning the election in 2016, Trump has been an opponent of mail-in-voting. But as more states and authorities consider vote-by-mail to limit the chance for spreading the virus, the president has ramped up his criticism.
Last week, the president said he would withhold funding to states to allow for voting in that manner.
“Mail-in ballots are very dangerous. There is tremendous fraud involved and tremendous illegality,” Trump told reporters as he met with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D). On Twitter around the same time, he said that funding could be withheld to Nevada and Michigan.
“When you send out 7.7 million mail-in ballots, there’s forgeries, there’s frankly duplication where they print ballots on the same kind of paper with the same kind of machinery and you can’t tell the difference and then send in thousands and thousands of fake ballots,” Trump said.
Amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, more Americans have expressed a willingness to vote via mail, according to several polls.
The USA Today-Suffolk University poll in early May found that 65 percent of respondents endorsed mail-in voting. Only 32 percent opposed it, and 3 percent said they were undecided.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick last week lashed out at the efforts to expand vote-by-mail in the state, saying it also is an attempt to sway the election.
“There is no reason—capital N, capital O—no reason that anyone under 65 should be able to say I am afraid to go vote,” Patrick told Fox News. “Have they been to a grocery store? Have they been to Walmart? Have they been to Lowe’s? Have they been to Home Depot? Have they been anywhere? Have they been afraid to go out of their house? This is a scam by the Democrats to steal the election,” he continued.
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