Top Senate Republican rejects Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that postal voting leads to mass fraud

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“Postal voting has been used in many places for a long time,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune, the second Republican in the Senate, told Capitol Hill. “And honestly, we have a lot of people, as you know, investing heavily in trying to win this war, it’s still a mail-order ballot war too. The two sides are in competition and this is always an area where I think our side – at least in my experience – has worked pretty well. ”

The South Dakota Republican added, “I don’t want to discourage – I think we want to assure people that this will work. It’s safe and if they vote that way, it will count. ”

The comments come as a series of Republican officials across the country reacted with growing concern to the president’s attacks on mail-in ballots, saying his unsubstantiated allegations of mass voter fraud are already corroding voters’ views. of the GOP, who may ultimately choose not to. vote at all if they can’t get to the polls in November.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which is likely to worsen in the fall, postal voting is becoming an increasingly popular option, as many voters may prefer not to queue at offices to vote. Democrats could have a major advantage if their voters mail their ballots, while Republican voters are forgoing that option because they are listening to the president’s concerns.

Asked by CNN if he was concerned Trump would depress the GOP vote if he continues to make statements, Thune said, “I think this has been expressed to him in some states before – and I hope this message has been conveyed to him. well received. “In recent days, Trump has continued to make a misleading distinction between postal voting and postal voting – which experts say are essentially the same – and repeated unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, despite the fact that ‘there is no widespread fraud. in the American elections.

The president repeated those claims last week while suggesting that the election date should be postponed – something the president lacks the authority to do and an idea that was quickly pushed back by Republicans in Congress.

“With universal postal voting (and not postal voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE and FRAUDULENT election in history. It will be a great shame for the United States. Delay the election until people can properly, safely and securely vote ??? Trump tweeted.

This week, the president focused his attention on the battlefield states of Florida and Nevada, urging voters in Florida, a state he won in 2016, to vote by mail, while arguing that the Nevada, a state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, is unprepared for postal voting.

“Nevada has no infrastructure for postal voting. It will be a corrupt disaster if it is not brought to an end by the courts. It will take months, if not years, to find out. Florida has built an excellent infrastructure, over the years, with two great Republicans. Governors. Florida, send in your ballots! Trump tweeted Wednesday.

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