Despite his previous criticism of mail-in voting and doubts about the legitimacy of the outcome, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have now requested mail-in ballots for the primary election of Florida on Tuesday. Reportedly the ballots have already been mailed to Trump’s permanent residence Mar-a-Lago Club on Wednesday.
Back in November 2018 during Florida’s US Senate and gubernatorial elections, President expressed his doubts on mail-in ballots via tweet stating that large numbers of ballots have shown up out of nowhere and a lot of ballots were either missing or forged. He said, an honest vote count was no longer possible and ballots were massively infected.
In fact in July this year, he had suggested that elections must be delayed until people can safely vote in person and also claimed that mail-in ballots will result in corrupt elections and will be the biggest scandal of all times.
He tweeted on July 30th “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.” It will be a great embarrassment to the USA, he said.
Very contradictory to his previous claims, he is now seen praising mail-in voting and has even sent out a tweet earlier this month favoring Florida’s voting system and calling it secure now, “Whether you call it to vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is safe and secure now.”, his tweet read. Florida’s voting system has been cleaned up; he mentioned and encouraged everyone to request a Ballot or Vote by Mail.
As per Judd Deere, Deputy Press Secretary for White House, the president supports absentee voting and not universal mail-in voting as it contains several safeguards to prevent fraud and abuse.
There are a total of 5 states in the U.S that hold their elections primarily by mail and so far none of them has had any voter fraud scandals since making that change. Richard L. Hasen, the Election Law Professor said it was likely for an American to be struck in lightning than to commit mail voting fraud.
In fact, so far there have been only 491 identified absentee ballot fraud cases in a period from 2000 to 2012.
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