For months, the Donald Trump has railed against mail-in voting. The President claims the option can lead to fraud, while Democrats say there’s little evidence to support the claim.
Republicans often cite the lack of control as a problem, and recently, how the United States Post Office will handle the surge of ballots has become another issue.
But no matter what, Trump says he wants to protect the integrity of the election process.
Fox News host Sean Hannity asked the President if the government will be able to monitor and avoid fraud during the November election.
Trump’s answer was simple: “We’re going to have everything.”
And he elaborated (via The Hill):
We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement.
And we’re going to have hopefully U.S. attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody and attorney generals.
Whether or not law enforcement can effectively “monitor” the situation remains to be seen, but it will be at least some level of control and protection.
Democrats may claim it’s unnecessary, however.
Trump then went after the concept of the universal mail-in ballot, saying “anybody can sign” them. He also cited the system in Nevada, which has come under recent scrutiny.
Nobody’s ever heard of anything like this.
They may send them to all Democrat areas, not to the Republican areas as an example. Could be the other way too, but I doubt it.
The president has remained firm in his belief that he will be re-elected. He’s also said that “the only way we’re going to lose this election is if it’s rigged.”
On the other hand, some Democrats believe Trump won’t want to leave the White House, even if the results are accurate.
Thus far, nine states will be participating in mail-in voting (according to The New York Times), and many more could sign on before November.
It would be unprecedented to have a presidential election hinge on mail-in ballots. Whether it’s susceptible to fraud or not, it could certainly change the face of future elections.
- President Trump plans to use law enforcement and even attorney generals to “monitor and avoid fraud” for the November election.
- The Trump administration continues to rail against the universal mail-in ballot, citing a lack of control and monitoring.
- Either way, the mail-in ballot should have a significant impact on a presidential election for the first time in U.S. history.
Source: The Hill