“Mail-In Ballots will lead to massive electoral fraud and a rigged 2020 Election. Look at all of the cases and examples that are out there right now, with the Patterson, N.J., being the most recent example. Republicans, in particular, cannot let this happen!”
Donald Trump July 2, 2020 (repeated 26 times)
Washington Post labels this as False. See links below.
All properly submitted mail-in votes will be counted. Studies have shown that intentional fraud in voting is very rare, whether it is done by mail-in votes or in-person votes. Russia did everything they could to influence our 2016 election. Printing fraudulent ballots is not one of them. At least, Attorney General Barr agreed that this has not happened in the past. The problem is that voters have to register to vote. When bar coded mail-in ballots are received, they are scanned to see if they are from approved registered voters.
In 2007, a voter in King County, Texas registered her dog to show how easily it was to fool the system. In 2016, a voter in King County tried to do the same, but this time was caught when the information was run through state and federal databases. Providing false information on registration is a crime. Similarly, it is a crime for anyone except the owner of a mail box to remove mail. See link below.
Mail-in and in-person ballots have been rejected in the past. More mail-in ballots are rejected. Three reasons for this are: (1) Ballots arrive after the election day and (2) Voters must sign the return envelope and will not be accepted if the signature does not match the registration form. To avoid any problems, send in the ballot in the proper return envelope provided at least 5 days before the election.
In a very close election, it is likely the mail-in ballots will receive extra scrutiny, because they could make a difference in the outcome of the state’s electoral votes.
Although rare, fraud has occurred in both mail-in and in-person voting. People who have multiple homes, have been able to vote twice, but have been caught.
In some states, there is “accidental voter fraud” where felons who have completed their sentences and thought they were able to vote. But, the states find after election day, that they had not completely made restitution (repaid their victims, done community service, etc) and so they accidentally broke the law. The number of people who fall into this category are very small, and it can be for very minor crimes like writing a forged check. Laws are not the same in all states. The “felony disenfranchisement” has been challenged in the courts. See below.
The felony disenfranchisement is a serious problem is only one aspect – it makes people who have done their time, and hopefully rejoined society, fearful to vote. State laws vary and some are unrestricted while others require probation to be completed and a formal petition to be approved prior to restoration of voting rights.
All mail-in ballots have to be counted. It is the law. They may not all be counted on election night, but the count on election night is not the final tally of votes. Your mail-in ballot could be the one, that CNN announces “the race in this state is too close to call.” VOTE 2020.
NYT The facts about mail-in voting and voting fraud
Wikipedia: Felony disenfranchisement in the US
Washington Post: Tracking all of President Trumps Lies
(This is a free and incredibly detailed tracking system, and is rated four Pinocchio’s their highest false rating, All repetitions occurred from April to July 2020 and were done over Twitter.)
Amazon: Donald Trump and his assault on truth, G. Kessler and Washington Post fact checker.