Despite What Trump Says, FactCheck.org Says Mail-In And Absentee Voting Are Same Thing

The president says absentee voting is 'good' but mail-in is ripe with fraud

Andrew Limberg
July 30, 2020 - 12:19 pm
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Related: Trump Proposes 'Delay' in Presidential Elections Alleging Voter Fraud

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - On Thursday, President Donald Trump floated the idea on Twitter that the 2020 Election should be delayed.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???,” the President said in a tweet.

Eugene Kiely with FactCheck.org tells KDKA Radio there is no difference between mail-in and absentee voting.

“The processes is the same, they go through the same sort of verification process and when the ballots come back going through the same process, so yeah, there is not difference despite what he says,” said Kiely.

Whether it’s absentee or mail-in, FactCheck says that there are more problems with potential fraud but not on a massive scale.

Kiely says, for example, a candidate sent in a ballot on behalf of his ex-wife in 2018 because it came to the house, he filled it out and sent it out because the voter registration addresses were not up to date.

“That is an issue that periodically happens but there’s no evidence that it has changed any elections in fact they have looked into this in certain congressional districts where there were very close elections and found there was no way that it changed the outcome,” said Kiely.

Kiely doesn’t believe the election will be fraudulent but could cause confusion with voters.

“There are states like Utah that do this all the time, California to a large extend without any issue, but they’re geared up to do that so if there are going to be states that aren’t used to handling this volume, there are going to be delays, there are going to be issues that come up . . . then there will be cries of voter fraud, but it’s not voter fraud, it’s just a system that is unable perhaps to process it,” said Kiely

Before the 2016, Trump said there would be fraud with in-person voting, claiming a man could go from polling station to polling station and would change his shirt or wear a fake mustache. Kiely says “that kind of stuff just never happens.”

Democrats and Republicans in most states say they are prepared to handle the large volume of mail-in ballots expected this year due to the global pandemic.

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