WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday warned that if mail in ballots are permitted, the nation could see voter fraud by as much as 20 percent.
“Mail-In Ballot fraud found in many elections. People are just now seeing how bad, dishonest and slow it is,” the president cautioned in a series of tweets. “Election results could be delayed for months. No more big election night answers? 1% not even counted in 2016. Ridiculous! Just a formula for RIGGING an Election.”
“Absentee Ballots are fine because you have to go through a precise process to get your voting privilege,” he continued. “Not so with Mail-Ins. Rigged Election!!! 20% fraudulent ballots?”
During an interview with Fox News‘ “Sunday Morning Futures,” in June, Attorney General William Barr made a similar claims, backing up the president’s concerns, saying vote-by-mail “absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud.”
Lawrence Norden, director of the Election Reform Program for the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York School of Law, told USA Today that Barr’s claim is not based in reality.
“It would be too easy to catch. You just wouldn’t be able to do it,” he told USA Today. “There’s obviously other ways – cyber warfare – of attacking election infrastructure. I think we have to be worried about them. But forging mail ballots is not a serious threat.”
Trump, however, is continuing to stand his ground.
“Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history – unless this stupidity is ended,” Trump tweeted. “We voted during World War One & World War Two with no problem, but now they are using Covid in order to cheat by using Mail-Ins!”