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Trump slams mail-in balloting promoted by his own campaign

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By ZEKE MILLER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI

President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against mail-in balloting that in some cases has been promoted by his own reelection campaign, alleging without evidence that it leads to “total election fraud." A day earlier, Trump threatened to pull federal money for states that support the practice.

“We don’t want anyone to do mail-in ballots,” Trump told reporters before leaving for Michigan. That state drew the president's ire announcing this week it was sending ballot request forms to all voters to encourage safe voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, who has voted by mail absentee as recently as this March in Florida's Republican presidential primary, did say he would support exceptions for those who are sick — or are president.

“Now, if somebody has to mail it in because they’re sick, or by the way because they live in the White House and they have to vote in Florida and they won’t be in Florida, but there’s a reason for it, that’s OK," Trump said.

“To really vote and without fraud,” Trump said later in Michigan, “you have to go to the polling place." He added of mail-in balloting, “Obviously there’s going to be fraud. We’re not babies.”

Trump was belittling a method of voting that his own campaign and its affiliates have been pushing voters to use to support GOP candidates.

In California, where mail voting is widespread, Trump Victory — the joint entity of the Republican National Committee and the president's reelection campaign — urged voters to cast ballots remotely for Mike Garcia, who won a special congressional election last week. It likewise pushed Wisconsin supporters to cast absentee ballots to support Tom Tiffany, who won a special congressional election in that state last week.

Republicans’ claims that mailing ballots to all voters creates widespread fraud are not backed up by evidence from the five states that use this method. None has had significant voter fraud cases.

In Pennsylvania, the state GOP and its Trump-related affiliates have been urging voters to request absentee ballots for the primary next week.

Just hours before Trump complained about mail ballots in Michigan, the GOP’s regional field director advertised their availability in Pennsylvania: “Mail in Ballot Deadline is Coming! Make sure you apply by May 26th at http://votespa.com so you can vote by mail for @realDonaldTrump!”

Both Republicans and Democrats run absentee and mail-in voting programs as part of their get-out-the-vote operations. The efforts can help reach older voters and others reluctant to vote in person, and can help free up resources on the election day. Trump’s opposition to the practice appears to stem from his insistence that it gives Democrats an advantage and from long-standing, largely unconfirmed, suspicions about the prevalence of voter fraud.

Trump allies have explained the mixed message by saying that they are making full use of the voting systems in each state, but are not endorsing them.

But on Monday, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, who accompanied Trump to Michigan on Air Force One, appeared to support the very practice that Trump found objectionable in the state — and that has been used by Republican election officials in other states.

“I don’t really have an issue with absentee request forms being sent to voters,” McDaniel said.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh asserted “there is no statutory authority for the secretary of state in Michigan to send absentee ballot applications to all voters.” That's an argument some Michigan Republicans have also made. Murtaugh did not address whether Republican secretaries of state elsewhere were similarly constrained.

In addition to complaining about Michigan, Trump also threatened federal dollars for to Nevada, which has sent ballots to voters for its June 9 state primary. A federal judge recently cleared Nevada’s decision to mail ballots, which were sent by the Republican secretary of state.

But Trump appeared to back off his threat, particularly as Michigan deals with the devastation from the failure of two dams that has forced thousands to evacuate. “We'll take a look at it,” Trump said, even as he pledged federal support to those affected by the flooding.

The White House said a day earlier that Trump's threat was merely a message to the Office of Management and Budget to study the issue.

The GOP-controlled Senate has so far stopped Democrats from mandating expanded mail and early voting as part of coronavirus relief bills, arguing that states should make decisions on their own election systems. The battle has largely moved to the courts, with Democrats filing at least 17 lawsuits to force states to expand their programs.

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No voter ID no vote. What, no good?

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In addition to complaining about Michigan, Trump also threatened federal dollars for to Nevada, which has sent ballots to voters for its June 9 state primary.

Unmentioned in this article about Trump's claims of vote-by-mail fraud is the ho-hum news that, for the umpteenth straight election over the last 20 years, Oregon completed its latest (primary) election three days ago, with complete efficiency and with no charges of coercion or fraud, through 100% mail-in and personally returned ballots for both statewide and local candidates and ballot measures. Those are the facts, Don. Your phony fraud claims about voting by mail don't reflect the real world. Now leave Michigan and Nevada alone and go away.

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Mail in will be important going forward with a second wave of Covid-19 before the November elections.

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People should be able to register for digital voting too.

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Trump is wrong.

No digital voting - too many risks. DDoS for the servers, fraud. There needs to be a paper trail for the voting.

Snail-mail voting has been working for years. Been absentee voting by mail for about a decade. No excuse needed. Fax in a request (cheaper than snailmail) for the absentee ballot about 6 weeks before the election, they snail-mail the ballot packet. We snailmail ($0.50) the packet back after leisurely going through all the different candidates. Paper trail provided.

There's also early voting for a week or two before any election. No need to wait until the specific election day. Libraries, county govt buildings and DMV locations usually have early voting setups. This is well publicized by all the local news - TV, Radio, Newpapers, signs, billboards.

I've never understood why people wait to vote until election day. They like standing in long lines?

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Digital voting can be made safe and encrypted. Millions us credit cards and online banking.

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 alleging without evidence

Trump's usual tactic. He knows whatever he says won't be fact checked by his media. They'll just repeat what he says included along with the alt right glossary terms (voter fraud, illegals, hoax, witch hunt, fake news, etc. etc.) their readers and listeners expect, who'll then just parrot that.

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Trump was belittling a method of voting that his own campaign and its affiliates have been pushing voters to use to support GOP candidates.

Trump's getting desperate.

As Trump's economy continues to collapse, as an increasing number of workers realize their jobs aren't coming back, as an increasing number of workers see their unemployment checks stopped because of Trump,

more and more working and middle class Americans will decide the problems are on Trump and will vote him out.

IF - if - the voters are allowed to vote.

Unless Trump and the Republicans are successful in taking voter rights away from more working and middle class Americans.

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Mail in will be important going forward with a second wave of Covid-19 before the November elections

if we even have a second wave, but the way it looks right now and with these new experimental drugs on the horizon we might not even get that far

Trump's getting desperate. 

I would say the Democrats are getting desperate, why is it that they can’t follow the system that we always had, no ID, no vote, are you sitting yourself up for all kinds of fraud when you do it online, of course you are

As Trump's economy continues to collapse,

thanks in part to the Democrats and the governors that want to keep the country on eternal lockdown....

more and more working and middle class Americans will decide the problems are on Trump and will vote him out. 

at the same time the majority of the public trust Trump more when it comes to economy and, given the fact that his overall approval rating right now is 45% as an incumbent president, the chances of Biden beating Trump seems very difficult.

IF - if - the voters are allowed to vote. 

if the Democrats don’t try to cheat, but that’s wishing for Ferrari

Unless Trump and the Republicans are successful in taking voter rights away from more working and middle class Americans.

The Democrats want to undermine the vote and want to do everything they can to undermine The will of the people and keeping the economy closed is one way and they will use every tactic that they can, every sneaky tactic to make sure that Trump can’t win, and that’s undermining democracy

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 the Democrats and the governors that want to keep the country on eternal lockdown....

Example, please. Almost all states are opening up step by step, to varying degrees. And the governors of states with the strictest protection measures enjoy overwhelming public support.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against mail-in balloting that in some cases has been promoted by his own reelection campaign, alleging without evidence that it leads to “total election fraud."

OK - mail-in voting bad - causes total fraud...

“To really vote and without fraud,” Trump said later in Michigan, “you have to go to the polling place." He added of mail-in balloting, “Obviously there’s going to be fraud. We’re not babies.”

OK, fraud bad - we're not babies...

Trump, who has voted by mail absentee as recently as this March in Florida's Republican presidential primary, did say he would support exceptions for those who are sick — or are president.

HUH? Voting by mail bad except if you are a SICK PRESIDENT who is a BABY and wants to engage in FRAUD...

Thanks Donald, you nailed yourself there...

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Anyone else see a very clear pattern here....

Trump says illegal immigrants bad, need to build wall to keep them out.....but hires illegal immigrants on the cheap for his business properties....

Trump says China bad, unfair trader, steals US jobs.....but gives China millions of dollars to make his clothing line in their sweatshop factories...

Trump says mail-in voting bad, causes total fraud....but he voted by mail just two months ago...

Which causes me to think, what's he really doing with Nancy Pelosi when he calls her a "sick woman"...

Hmmmm......

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Trump has admitted that letting people vote without the various suppression tactics would mean the Republicans would never get in power again.

So it makes sense his corrupt administration will continue to do everything they can to keep large sections of American society from voting.

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Example, please.

The majority of them especially the liberal ones are trying not to open them, there you go

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Trump has admitted that letting people vote without the various suppression tactics would mean the Republicans would never get in power again.

and what the liberals try to do is either get illegals to vote, dead people to vote and now they try once again to be sneaky and to do male voting, so to be fair they do the same

So it makes sense his corrupt administration

Like the last...

will continue to do everything they can to keep large sections of American society from voting

We both could possibly be right.

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they try once again to be sneaky and to do male voting

That's the GOP's goal, actually.

are you sitting yourself up for all kinds of fraud when you do it online, of course you are

Good thing no-one is proposing online voting!

Bass,if Trump is allowed to vote by mail, why isn't anyone else? Especially during a pandemic, when postal voting is much safer.

I'd ask if you think that mail-in votes for troops from overseas should be banned, but you already said that you think troops are stupid and laugh when they die, so I'm guessing you don't care about their votes, either.

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