Trump encourages voters to commit electoral fraud

Trump encourages Americans to vote twice, an electoral fraud. The president encouraged North Carolinians to vote twice in the November el...

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  • Trump encourages Americans to vote twice, an electoral fraud.
  • The president encouraged North Carolinians to vote twice in the November elections, once by mail and once in person.
  • “Voting twice on purpose is a serious crime,” said Gannon, a spokesman for the North Carolina state board of elections.

He President of the USADonald Trump on Wednesday encouraged residents of the key North Carolina state to test the security of their state’s electoral system by attempting to vote twice in the November elections, once by mail and once in person.

Trump insists, without evidence, that the widespread vote-by-mail that is being pushed to comply with the health protocols of the COVID-19 pandemic, can lead to fraud.

However, as published ForbesThe system, which has rarely been the subject of fraud and has been in place for decades, is secure.

That is why he came up with the idea of ​​citizens voting twice, once by mail and the other in person.

Trump’s suggestion would constitute a felony under North Carolina law.

In addition to electoral fraud, which is precisely the type of problem that the president claims to want to avoid by all means in the November 3 elections, in which he seeks re-election.

“Let them send it (the vote by mail) and let them vote, and if their system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it is not tabulated, they will be able to vote, ”Trump said in statements to reporters during a visit to Wilmington, North Carolina.

The president repeated that idea directly to some of his supporters who were waiting for him when he landed in that city, saying: “Send (your vote by mail) early and then go and vote (in person).

“They can’t let them take away their vote, these people are playing dirty politics.”

Trump Election Fraud: Encourages Citizens to Vote Twice

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Trump Election Fraud: Encourages Citizens to Vote Twice

Trump has insisted, without evidence, that widespread postal voting, which many states are expanding due to the pandemic – to avoid large crowds on Election Day – can lead to fraud, despite numerous studies showing that that is extremely unlikely.

The president only justifies voting by mail when citizens are going to be far from the state where they are registered on election day, and has thus defended the fact that he himself has used this method to exercise suffrage in the territory where he has his primary private residence, Florida.

Trump appeared to suggest that if a person’s mail-in vote was not “tabulated” or counted, then he could vote in person.

But the state has launched a tracking system that would make it impossible for one person to cast their vote twice.

According to The New York Times, Trump has recently spoken privately with his advisers about this idea of ​​urging people to vote twice, precisely because those around him are concerned that the president’s campaign against the vote by mail could dissuade their own supporters to vote.

But according to Forbes, experts and fact-checkers have debunked Trump’s claims as unfounded, citing that voter fraud rarely occurs in the U.S., while the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation has found that, of the 250 million votes cast by mail in the last 20 years, only 1,300 cases of fraudulent votes.

Trump Election Fraud: Encourages Citizens to Vote Twice

During an interview with CNN on Wednesday, US Attorney General William Barr sidestepped the question of whether Trump was inciting illegal activity by asking for a double vote, claiming that he was unaware of the electoral legislation. of the state of North Carolina.

A spokesman for the North Carolina state board of elections, Patrick Gannon, told the New York Times that the state’s electoral system would prevent a person from voting twice, because workers at the polls would have access to records that would show that citizen already you have exercised your right by mail.

“Voting twice on purpose is a serious crime,” Gannon stressed.

North Carolina is one of the states where polls show the tightest contest between Trump and his rival in the November elections, Democrat Joe Biden, who leads the president by just 1.6 percentage points in that territory, within of the margin of error, according to the average of the FiveThirtyEight website.

Trump Election Fraud: Encourages Citizens to Vote Twice

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