Voting Fraud Guilty Trump??
At a Wednesday press briefing, Donald Trump has laid out some of his objections to the democratic proposal to provide additional aid to individuals and states struggling financially during the pandemic. He specifically named two provisions that he finds unacceptable: $3.5 billion in funding for elections in funding for the elections that could be used to fund mail-in voting and $25 billion in funding for the post office.
It appears on Fox Business Thursday morning Trumps has elaborated on his objection to these two line items: He does not want Universal email voting to be possible. He claimed that democrats need that money to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots"- something that Trump views as a bad thing. Trump has spent much of the pandemic railing against universal mail-in voting, a practice where states automatically mail ballots to registered voters. His campaign even sued Nevada's state in an attempt to Skew the voting by invalidating the state's law in voting for mail.
At times, Trumps would go on a rant against absentee ballots, which allowed voters to cast a ballot by mail, but only if they specifically requested such a ballot in advance. He said earlier this month that mail-in ballots in Florida are fine because Florida has a Republican governor. Trump always claims that mail-in ballots are a vehicle for voter fraud. Indeed, he did so again in his Fox Business interview Thursday morning, suggesting that additional funding for voting by mail will lead to "something that will turn out to be fraudulent.
However, there's no evidence that any meaningful amount of mail-in ballot voter fraud exists. The state of Oregon has provided more than 100 million mail-in ballots for voters since 2000 but has provided more than 100 million mail-in ballots to voters since 2000 but only documented 12 cases of fraud. It is more likely that Trump is opposed to mail-in voting for a more fundamental reason tossing out mailed ballots is likely to disenfranchise a large number of Democratic voters. Several polls have shown that Trump voters are likely to cast their ballot in person, while Biden voters are much more likely to vote by mail.