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Are Trump’s claims of voter fraud fraudulent?

Amidst a falling approval rating, a massive economic downturn and a worsening pandemic, US President Donald Trump tweeted: “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???” [1]. Is there any evidence for Trump’s claims? How bad is the voter fraud situation in the United States? Is Trump trying to undermine democracy in the US? Or is there some truth to his claims? aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/trump-floats-election-delay-claims-voter-fraud-risks-virus-200730132441917.html [1] twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1288818160389558273
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Voter suppression is more of an issue than voter fraud
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Voter suppression is more of an issue than voter fraud

While voter suppression is more of an issue than voter fraud in the US, solving this issue will not help Trump, and his effort to sound the alarm over voter fraud is more of a tactic to prevent the voting system reform that mail-in ballots represent. Suppression of the black vote in the United States has a long history that goes back to early 20th century, the Ku Klux Klan were involved in poll watching, vote challenging and even complicating administrative matters, but these methods were eventually outlawed in 1965 with the Voting Rights Act. However voter suppression tactics continued post-1969 with voter ID qualifications and voter roll purges that have been proven to predominantly affect minority voters, forcing them through more complicated voting procedures to cast their vote. Trumps statements are then based upon, if not a direct extension of, a tradition of trying to suppress minority voters from voting, mail in voting would massively simplify such complications and would probably enable the non-voting majority in the US to have their say.


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