Donald Trump’s Speech Fact-Checked


Donald Trump’s Speech Fact-Checked

Trump: “I’ve been talking about mail-in voting for a long time. It’s really destroyed our system. It’s a corrupt system and it makes people corrupt.”

Mr Trump has posted more than 70 tweets casting doubt on mail-in voting, referencing voter fraud or “rigged” elections since April.

But there is no evidence the system is corrupt.

Electoral fraud is very rare in the United States – the rate is less than 0.0009%, according to a 2017 study by the Brennan Center for Justice. There’s no evidence to suggest it’s been a major issue at this election either.

The president himself has voted by post in the past. He lived outside the state he was registered in, Florida, and requested a postal vote.

This is known as an absentee ballot, which Mr Trump has said he is in favour of because he believes it has better safeguards.

But he has made a distinction with other forms of mail-in voting, such as when states automatically send out ballots to all registered voters.

Oregon and Utah have done so successfully in previous elections.

Trump: “They mailed out tens of millions of unsolicited ballots without any verification measures.”

Registered voters in nine states (plus Washington DC) were automatically sent mail-in ballots without having to ask for them. Five of these states introduced this measure because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But eight of the nine states – Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington, California, New Jersey, and Vermont – are not currently in contention.

All forms of postal voting have safeguards – such as authorities checking that ballots have come from a voter’s registered address and requiring signatures on envelopes.

Voting by mail is not new – it has been used for many elections.

Trump: “It’s amazing how those mail-in ballots are so one-sided too.”

President Trump has repeatedly criticised plans to expand postal voting, saying – without real evidence – it was open to “tremendous fraud.”

He urged Republican voters to turn up on the day, rather than using mail-in ballots.

Tighter Than Expected Vote May Take Days To Resolve

There’s evidence from the vote count that this is what has happened – Democratic voters favoured voting by post and Republicans voted on the day in person.

The count is not finished but in Pennsylvania, one estimate is that of more than 2.5 million postal votes received, nearly three times as many came from registered Democrats than from Republicans.

Donald Trump’s Speech Fact-Checked


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