Trump encourages Americans to commit election fraud

Trump encourages Americans to commit election fraud

The US president, Donald Trump , encouraged Wednesday to residents of the key state of Carolina of the North to test the security of the electoral system of the state trying to vote twice in the November elections, one for mail and other in person .

Trump’s suggestion would constitute a felony under North Carolina law in addition to electoral fraud, which is precisely the kind of problem that the president claims he wants to avoid by all means in the November 3 elections, in which seeks reelection.

“Let them send it [the vote by mail] and let them vote, and if their system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they will not be able to vote. If it is not tabulated, they will be able to vote,” Trump said in statements to the journalists during a visit to Wilmington, North Carolina.

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The president repeated that idea directly to some of his supporters who were waiting for him when he landed in that city, telling them: “Send [your vote by mail] early and then go and vote [in person]. You cannot let them take away your vote. , these people are playing dirty politics. ”

Trump has insisted, without evidence, that widespread mail voting , which many states are expanding due to the pandemic – to avoid large crowds on Election Day – can lead to fraud , despite numerous studies showing that that is extremely unlikely.

The president only justifies voting by mail when citizens are going to be away from the state where they are registered on election day, and has thus defended the fact that he himself has used that method to exercise suffrage in the territory where he has his primary private residence, Florida.

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According to The New York Times , Trump has recently spoken privately with his advisers about this idea of ​​urging people to vote twice , precisely because those around him are concerned that the president’s campaign against voting by mail may dissuade their own supporters to vote.

During an interview with CNN on Wednesday, the United States Attorney General, William Barr, sidestepped the question of whether Trump was inciting illegal activity by asking for a double vote, claiming that he was unaware of the state’s electoral law. from North Carolina.

A spokesperson for the North Carolina state board of elections, Patrick Gannon, told The New York Times that the state’s electoral system would prevent a person from voting twice, because workers at the polls would have access to records that would show that that citizen you have already exercised your right by mail.

“Voting twice on purpose is a serious crime,” Gannon stressed.

North Carolina is one of the states where polls show the tightest contest between Trump and his rival in the November elections, Democrat Joe Biden, who leads the president by just 1.6 percentage points in that territory, within of the margin of error, according to the average of the FiveThirtyEight website.

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