- President Trump is accelerating his crusade against state efforts to expand absentee and absentee voting, including increasing fraud claims and spreading unsubstantiated theories about ballot theft
- But Trump himself and over 20 members of his family, administration, campaign team, and other senior officials in his orbit have voted or tried to vote in the mail in recent years.
- Most recently, insiders reported that Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence voted absent in Indiana this spring, while registering at an address where they had not lived for nearly four years.
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President Donald Trump is to start his crusade against states' efforts to make postal voting more accessible, but nearly two dozen members of Trump's family, administrative and campaign officials in orbit have voted or attempted to vote on postal ballot papers in the past decade.
In June, Insider's Tom LoBianco reported that Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence are still registered in the Indiana Governor's Mansion, where they have not lived for nearly four years, and were recently absent from the Indiana presidential election were spring. (Although this is unusual, a legal expert told Insider that the pences that continue to vote in Indiana are not illegal or fraudulent.)
Tom Bonier, an experienced democratic strategist and political data analyst who often works with government voter files and databases with voter information, said Insider said he had identified several officials who have given postal ballots in the past decade. He included some of them in a long Twitter thread in April.
As of now, seven states and the District of Columbia will send each voter a postal ballot for the November elections, and 35 more states will allow voters to request a postal ballot without apology. after an analysis by the Washington Post.
In response to the critical coverage of Trump's absence and post-vote statements, Some administrative and campaign consultants have attempted to distinguish between "legitimate postal votes" for people outside their homes who they consider to be a valid excuse and a system of states that preventively send a ballot to everyone they claim to see as an increase in the chances of fraud.
However, Trump often does not distinguish between the two in his remarks and in broad terms, has demonized the whole concept of postal voting, including the threat to cut federal funding to Michigan because the state's top election official, Jocelyn Benson, is trying to send a postal vote application to every registered voter.
In the past few months, Trump has incorrectly claimed that expanding postal and postal votes will result in fraud and corruption (rate of postal fraud) are very low) that the extension of the mail-in vote harms the Republicans (it does not give either partisan advantage) and unfounded conspiracy theories that kids will walk around California Steal and forge ballots from mailboxes, The Postal workers steal ballotsand that foreign countries send fake ballots to voters and polling stations.
The sheer number of Trump advisors and campaign officials who have used postal voting and mail-in voting in several states over the past decade undermines Trump's argument that mail-in ballots are fundamentally vulnerable to fraud and corruption have done this too Critics accused Trump of hypocrisy.
Here are Trump's family members, administrative and campaign officials, and other Trump orbit employees who have been reported to have recently voted for absence or mail: