Benjamin Ginsberg: GOP election lawyer says there is no evidence to support Trump’s claim of postal vote fraud

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Ginsberg, a longtime lawyer who recently retired from practice and who co-chaired the 2013 Presidential Commission on Election Administration, wrote in the Washington Post on Tuesday that Trump’s recent comments on widespread fraud in the postal ballots, which risk undermining confidence in the election. and urging voters to vote twice is “doubly wrong”.

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“The president’s actions – urging his supporters to commit an illegal act and seeking to undermine confidence in the credibility of the election results – are doubly wrong,” he wrote, adding that they impose on Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party to “reassess their position in the more than 40 voting cases in which they are involved across the country.” ”

He added: “Legions of Republican lawyers have searched in vain for four decades for a fraudulent double vote. Finally, they have a blatant example of a major politician urging his supporters to vote illegally twice. “

Ginsberg wrote: “The truth is that after decades of illegal voting research, there is no evidence of widespread fraud,” adding that there are isolated incidents between the two sides. “The elections are not rigged. Mail-in ballots use the same process as mail-in ballots – different states use different labels for the same process. ”

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He also wrote that Trump’s comments “make his rhetoric and that of the Republican Party seem less like genuine concern – and more like transactional hypocrisy designed to provide electoral advantage.”

Last week, Trump repeatedly encouraged voters to vote twice, saying that if they vote by mail, they should also try to vote in person to check if their vote is counted. Election officials in North Carolina, Michigan, and other states have warned citizens that voting twice is illegal and will lead to criminal prosecution. The president also claimed, without evidence, that postal voting would lead to widespread electoral fraud and on Tuesday encouraged his supporters to act as poll watchers to prevent fraud at polling places.

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