“This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen it before,” the president said of the massive shift to postal voting brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Trump’s riff was loaded with inaccuracies and inaccuracies. Postal voting has been proven to be safe and secure in the five states that already use it extensively. And although some irregularities and errors occurred during the early voting, Trump misrepresented those incidents on Tuesday.
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His comments come as his campaign for re-election and the Republican Party has begun to challenge the way these ballots are being handled and to prepare for large legal battles after election day.
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– Trump accused Philadelphia election officials of inappropriately preventing election observers in his campaign from observing voters filling out ballots at a polling station on Tuesday. He was repeating an accusation he and his son made earlier this week – and election officials disputed. Election lawyers note that Trump campaign observers had no legal rights under state law to observe citizens filling out mail ballots.
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– Trump cited a case of military ballots marked for him being thrown in the trash as evidence of a possible plot to steal the election. But he didn’t mention the odd details of the case. County election officials say the seven ballots, along with two unopened, were accidentally thrown at an election office in a Republican-controlled county by a single contract employee and authorities were quickly called in.
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– Trump highlighted the problems that have arisen as states rush to adjust to mail-in voting – mostly in his native New York City, where election officials sent out error-ridden mail-in ballots this week and a slow tally left the outcome of several congressional primaries in June unresolved. But he falsely claimed that the outcome of one of those races, the primary won by Democratic Rep. Carolyn Mahoney, was fraudulent.
– Trump claimed that a West Virginia courier “sold ballots.” This drew a clarification from Republican West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, who noted that the case involved a postal worker amending eight postal ballot requests in the state’s primary elections earlier this year. . Five ballot demands changed party affiliations from Democrat to Republican. Of the other three requests, voters’ affiliation with the GOP party was not changed, but the postman circled the word “republican” in a different colored ink than that used on the forms. The carrier pleaded guilty to electoral fraud and mail attack in July.
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– Election fraud is rare in the United States. An analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice found that Americans were more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit voter fraud.
Yet Trump continued to sow suspicion and again refused to pledge to avoid declaring victory if the count goes beyond election day, as expected. His refusal at a press conference last week to embark on a peaceful transition alarmed many.
Biden tried to lower the temperature of accepting the will of voters. “I’ll accept it, and so will he.” You know why? Biden said. “Because once the winner is declared once all the ballots are counted, that will be the end of it. And it’s good.
This story has been corrected to indicate that the organization that conducted the electoral fraud study is the Brennan Center for Justice, not the Brennan Institute for Justice.
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