- President Donald Trump said on Friday that he plans to vote absently in the 2020 elections.
- Trump made a wrong distinction between postal and postal votes, which are practically the same.
- The President has repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims that mail-in polls will result in widespread election fraud in November.
- Election fraud is extremely rare in the United States.
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After months of unsubstantiated attacks on mail-in polls, President Donald Trump said on Friday that he plans to vote in a postal vote in the 2020 election.
"Postal votes are great … I'm going to vote," Trump told reporters when he again condemned postal voting, which is virtually identical to postal voting in terms of process and security measures.
According to voting experts, Trump has repeatedly made a wrong distinction between postal votes and postal votes.
"No apologetic postal vote or postal vote, whatever you call it, is essentially the same thing," said David Becker, founder of the non-partisan Center for Election Innovation and Research. said CNN Mid-July.
"You request a ballot, you get a ballot, you vote, you send it in, and there are safeguards," added Becker. "It doesn't matter whether you call it mail voting or postal voting. It's the same."
Although he continues to make misleading comments on mail-in voting, Trump will vote by email in November. The president also voted by mail in the GOP area code in Florida in March.
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 31, 2020
Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats have advocated expanded access to mail-in polls to reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading to crowded polling stations.
Trump, who remains behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls, has replied with repeated unsubstantiated claims that postal voting will result in widespread fraud.
"Because of the MAIL-IN-BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most vulnerable choice in our nation's history – unless that stupidity has ended." Trump tweeted on June 22nd.
On Thursday, the president went so far as to postpone the election (which he cannot do legally), again raising unsubstantiated concerns about postal voting, reflecting the tactics of anti-democratic authoritarian regimes.
The reality is that election fraud is extremely rare in the United Statesand there is no substantial evidence to suggest that improved access to mail-in voting would compromise the integrity of the elections.
In 2016 and 2018 there were only 372 cases of potential fraud out of around 14.6 million ballot papers sent by post (0.0025%) a recent analysis from the Washington Post.
Despite these facts, Trump continues to claim that mail-in polls will result in a "catastrophe" in November.