President Donald Trump warned that widespread use of mail-in voting would lead to the most corrupt election in United States history reported FoxNews.com. “I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election, I really do,” Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday.
Republicans have long contended that mail-in and absentee ballots are a prime source of potential voter fraud, while Democrats dispute this claim. The issue gained particular importance this election cycle due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many voters are afraid of potential exposure to the virus at voting areas or are concerned about waiting in long lines as a result of many communities choosing to consolidate voting locations due to lack of poll volunteers.
Voter fraud via mail-in ballots was a concern during a recent primary election in Paterson, NJ. Around 800 ballots were disqualified for violating a state law forbidding any person from handling or mailing in more than three ballots. The offending ballots were bundled together in large numbers.
In the Paterson election, all votes were cast by distance voting as no polling places were open the day of the election due to coronavirus fears. In total 19 percent of the total ballots cast were disqualified for irregularities. A routine check of the voting rolls revealed many ballots cast by those not eligible to vote in the district.
Four men from the Passaic County (NJ) board of elections were charged with voter fraud after they failed to count over 800 legally filed ballots from four separate municipalities. This followed an investigation sparked by rumors of hundreds of ballots being dumped into mailboxes in Paterson and Haledon, reported the DailyMail.com.
Trump campaign national press secretary Hogan Gidley criticized the Democrats’ push for increased use of mail-in voting. “The Democrats are pushing for universal mail-in voting, that is just fraught with all the types of possibility of cheating and the Democrats know it,” Gidley said. “So they are bragging about a policy that could completely compromise the election, and then they are asking us to abide by those results. That’s ridiculous.” In response to questions about whether the President would accept the results of the November election if he loses, Gidley said the campaign, “won’t say right now that whatever happens, we are just going to say that’s the way that it is, because we know now that Democrats have a history of cheating in elections and we will not let them cheat on this one.”
The Trump campaign is not the first entity to question the problems of fraud associated with distance voting. In 2005 a bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform included among its conclusions, “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.” The Commission was co-chaired by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and former President Jimmy Carter.