Trump Pushes False Argument on Vote-by-Mail Fraud. Here Are the Facts.
Trump is hauling out the old "voterfraud" argument that repeatedly, over time, has been shown to be invalid. But he persists in believing that Hillary's 3 mill. more popular votes than he got were somehow fraudulently obtained.
"With concerns mounting over how the country can conduct elections during a pandemic and Democrats pressing for alternatives to in-person voting, President Donald Trump has begun pushing a false argument that has circulated among conservatives for years — that voting by mail is a recipe for fraud.
“Mail ballots, they cheat,” Trump said at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. . . .
[NOTE: He wasn't really that concise. I just didn't want to copy all his repetitions of that claim.]
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Here’s a look at the facts on the matter.
#1 - All voter fraud is extremely rare. Studies have shown that all forms of voting fraud are extremely rare in the United States. A national study in 2016 found few credible allegations of fraudulent voting. A panel that Trump charged with investigating election corruption found no real evidence of fraud before he disbanded it in 2018.
“What we know can be boiled down to this: Voting fraud in the United States is rare; less rare is fraud using mail ballots,” said Charles Stewart III of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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The North Carolina case also illustrates the fact that frauds big enough to sway the outcome of an election — those involving campaigns rather than individual voters — will likely be detected, said Michael McDonald, a University of Florida political scientist and elections scholar.
#2 - States that vote entirely by mail see little fraud. Five states, including the Republican bastion of Utah, now conduct all elections almost entirely by mail. They report very little fraud.
#3 - Republicans say voting by mail gives Democrats an advantage. [. . .] The president Wednesday tweeted that mail-in voting “for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.” In Georgia, where the secretary of state is mailing all voters absentee ballot requests for the May primary, the state House speaker, David Ralston, a Republican, told a local news site, “This will be extremely devastating to Republicans and conservatives in Georgia. . . ."
#4 - The president, vice president and Cabinet members have voted by mail recently. Trump, while criticizing mail voting, recently acknowledged that in March he voted absentee by mail in his adopted home state of Florida. In the 2018 midterm elections, Trump voted absentee by mail from New York.
Trump is hardly the only administration official to vote by mail.
We have cited this information over and over again here on HT. About time some posters started believing us.