The president of the United States has begun arguing that an election conducted via the postal service would be riddled with fraud: “Mail ballots—they cheat. OK? People cheat. There’s a lot of dishonesty going along with mail-in voting.”
Except there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the U.S. much less with vote-by-mail. “No means of voting is perfect, but the benefits of vote-by-mail—particularly during a pandemic—greatly exceed the risks of fraud associated with it,” said Richard Hasen, a election expert and a professor at the University of California.
The real reason for the misinformation about vote-by-mail seems to be the president’s view that Republicans would lose ground if more people voted by mail, tweeting: vote-by-mail “doesn’t work out well for Republicans.”
Let’s be clear, the president is lying about voter fraud. He even set up a presidential commission to investigate the issue but disbanded it after finding no significant voter fraud.
Public health experts have warned that in-person voting could put voters and poll workers at risk. The CDC says that states should, “encourage mail-in methods of voting if allowed in the jurisdiction” so people can vote while maintaining social distancing. The coronavirus is already threatening the safety of the next presidential election.
We encourage you to sign up for vote-by-mail so that you can have a mail-in ballot for the August Primary and the November General Election.
Please don’t risk contracting a deadly virus by in-person voting. Vote-by-mail is the safest way to cast your ballot in 2020. You can sign up at www.charlottevotes.com