In his month-long debate against mail-in voting as it would result in electoral fraud, President Trump encourages supporters in North Carolina on Wednesday to vote twice to test the mail-in voting system.
Trump suggests that people in North Carolina stress-test the security of their elections systems by voting twice — an act that constitutes the kind of voter fraud the president has railed against. @maggieNYT @stefsaul https://t.co/F0wg0fjHPN— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 3, 2020
The Republican President contending for a second term in this 2020 general elections have placed serious doubts over voting by mail in this entire course of the campaign trail. Based on unfounded claims, he argued that it might produce questionable election results and pushed Americans for in-person voting this November amidst concerns brought by the coronavirus pandemic.
Donald Trump tried to undermine the public’s trust and confidence towards mail-in voting because a record number of American voters opted this system during this pandemic, but went too far, in his latest interview, by encouraging his followers to vote twice – in person and once by mail – to check, the validity of the mail-in voting’s system. “They will vote, and then they are going to have to check their vote by going to the poll and voting that way because if it tabulates, then they won’t be able to do that. So, let them send it in, and let them go vote,” Trump said in his interview with North Carolina news station, WECT. He added, “And if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote.” Donald Trump just suggested voters commit a fraudulent act to support his fraud accusations over this voting option. While election laws vary by state, ABC News stated that voting twice in North Carolina would amount to a Class I felony offense.
Today, President Trump outrageously encouraged NCians to break the law in order to help him sow chaos in our election. Make sure you vote, but do NOT vote twice! I will do everything in my power to make sure the will of the people is upheld in November.— Josh Stein (@JoshStein_) September 2, 2020
In defense to the President, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told CNN that he “was trying to make the point that the ability to monitor this system is not good.” And when told about voting twice is illegal, he responded, “I don’t know what the law in the particular state says.” While Trump’s campaign official cleared this statement of the President by telling NBC News that, "President Trump encourages supporters to vote absentee-by-mail early, and then show up in person at the polls or the local registrar to verify that their vote has already been counted." He added, "It’s amazing that the media can go from insisting that voter fraud doesn’t exist to screaming about it when President Trump points out the giant holes in the Democrats’ voting schemes.” Previously, news circulated that Trump and his wife, Melania requested an absentee ballot to vote in this year’s Florida primary.
HuffPost shared that Trump has accused Democrats of trying to steal the election by pushing the use of mail-in voting. The re-election campaign of Trump has recently sued states like New Jersey and Nevada for expanding access to mail-in voting. Democrats have said Trump and fellow Republicans are attempting to suppress the vote to help their side. After the president's remarks on voting twice this election, North Carolina's State Board of Elections released a statement: