Reprinted from The Washington Post
September 11 , 2020
by Salvador Rizzo
More than 100 times this year, President Trump has peddled false claims or imaginary threats about voting by mail.
As states prepare for the Nov. 3 general election, with some expanding vote-by-mail to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the polls, Trump is falsely accusing election officials of trying to rig the outcome. The president also has encouraged people to vote twice, which is illegal.
A mountain of evidence shows that mail voting has been almost entirely free of fraud through the decades, but Trump insists that it’s a recipe for disaster. For example, Trump claimed on Twitter that “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.”
The rate of double voting, or impersonating another voter, is so low researchers describe it as insignificant, a statistical blip. A Washington Post analysis of data collected by three vote-by-mail states found 372 possible cases of double voting or voting on behalf of deceased people out of about 14.6 million votes cast by mail in the 2016 and 2018 general elections, or 0.0025 percent. Other studies and databases show similar, vanishingly low rates.
We fact-checked 23 of the most frequent or outlandish claims on mail voting from Trump and his allies, including Attorney General William Barr. All of them got Four Pinocchios.
For the full fact check, go here.
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