Donald Trump has suggested that the people of North Carolina should vote twice in the November election, once in person and once by mail, despite the fact that it is a crime.
“Let them send it in and vote,” Trump said in an interview with WECT-TV in Wilmington, North Carolina on Wednesday when he was asked about the security of mail-in votes. “And if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won̵
Voting more than once in one election is illegal.
“President Trump has outrageously encouraged the North Carolinians to ‘break the law to help him wreak havoc in our elections,” Attorney General Josh Stein said in a tweet. “Make sure you vote, but DO NOT vote twice off! I will do everything in my power to ensure that the will of the people is preserved in November. “
US Attorney General William Barr told CNN that Trump “tried to point out that the ability to monitor this system is not good”. When told that voting twice was illegal, he said, “I don’t know what the law in each state says.”
Barr said mail-in ballots for the November 3 election could be vulnerable to fraud, reflecting an argument Trump has made to condemn the use of postal voting. Trump has previously said that the voting method is prone to large-scale fraud, although experts say that electoral fraud of any kind is extremely rare in the United States.
Postal voting is not new in the US – almost one in four voters cast presidential elections this way in 2016. A record number of postal ballot papers are expected for the election amid concerns about personal voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump has accused the Democrats of trying to steal the election by forcing the use of mail-in voting. Trump’s re-election campaign recently sued states like New Jersey and Nevada for expanding access to mail-in voting.
Democrats have said Trump and other Republicans are trying to quell the vote to help their side.