Trump Encourages Supporters To Try To Vote Twice, Sparking Uproar
President Donald Trump has urged residents in the critical political battleground of North Carolina to try to vote twice in the November 3 election, once by mail and once in person, igniting a furor for appearing to urge a potential act of voter fraud.
In an interview on Wednesday in Wilmington, North Carolina, Donald Trump, “Let them send it in and let them go vote, and if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote in person.
Trump has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, that mail-in voting-expanded by some states because of the coronavirus pandemic would increase fraud and disrupt the election, although experts say voter fraud of any kind is extremely rare in the United States. Despite the fact that Trump and the first lady voted by mail in Florida, the President has claimed-falsely that “there is NO WAY that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent”, warning that “mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed, this will be a Rigged Election”.
William Barr, Attorney General of the United States suggested with a straight face that it’s alright for people to cast a second ballot if they’re merely trying to demonstrate that the “ability to monitor this system is not good”.
Trump’s campaign and White House later denied that he meant to tell people to vote twice. “The president is not suggesting anyone to do anything unlawful. What he said very clearly, that is make sure your vote is tabulated and if it is not, then vote”,White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany.
In a series of tweets on Thursday morning,Trump again urged his supporters to vote by mail and then follow up by attempting in person.
Twitter later placed warning over the tweets for violating its rules on civic and election integrity. Facebook also placed a new label on Trump’s post In which it said, “voting by mail has a long history of trustworthiness in the US and the same is predicted this year”.
Voting more than once in election is illegal and in some states like North Carolina, it is a felony not to vote more than once but also to induce another to do so.
Reporter: Shriya D