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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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Yes – and he’s going much further than lying about fraud

Trump is using claims of fraud to try and postpone, or possibly even manipulate, the November election as his approval ratings have fallen dramatically as of late, as has the country’s GDP. Trump's accusations of voter fraud have been widely debunked, no better than by the heritage foundation who run a voter fraud tracker to bring greater transparency to the issue, which demonstrates the real but extremely small number of voting fraud cases in the United States. However Trump’s efforts to damage mail-in voting go far further than misinformation, in May 2020 longtime Trump fundraiser Louis DeJoy was appointed US Postmaster General, being the first to be appointed head of the US Postal Service (USPS) without any actual experience working in the history of the postal service.

More worryingly however DeJoy has a clear conflict of interests, owning a multi-million dollar equity stake in XPO, a USPS subcontractor, and has sold shares Amazon just to buy back 20%-100% of them as stock options, a conflict of interest that has warranted investigation. In addition to his dubious appointment and finances, DeJoy has put in place of series of cuts, including sacking 23 senior officials, dismantling 600 high-speed mail sorting machines, and removing mailboxes from many cities, in what seems a clear effort to undermine mail-in voting. Furthermore Trump has openly admitted to divesting in the USPS to make the surge of mail-in ballots harder to process as he worries it will cost him the election, a clear admission to using pandemic-era upheaval as an excuse to manipulate the election.

heritage.org/voterfraud factcheck.org/2020/04/trumps-latest-voter-fraud-misinformation npr.org/2020/06/04/864899178/why-is-voting-by-mail-suddenly-controversial-heres-what-you-need-to-know edition.cnn.com/2020/08/12/politics/postal-service-dejoy-conflicts-amazon-trades-xpo-stake/index.html washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/07/postal-service-investigation-dejoy apnews.com/ece1f6e9cea1b2aa0a8c6af7ca003f26

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Trump is using claims of fraud to try and postpone, or possibly even manipulate, the November election as his approval ratings have fallen dramatically as of late, as has the country’s GDP. Trump's accusations of voter fraud have been widely debunked, no better than by the heritage foundation who run a voter fraud tracker to bring greater transparency to the issue, which demonstrates the real but extremely small number of voting fraud cases in the United States. However Trump’s efforts to damage mail-in voting go far further than misinformation, in May 2020 longtime Trump fundraiser Louis DeJoy was appointed US Postmaster General, being the first to be appointed head of the US Postal Service (USPS) without any actual experience working in the history of the postal service.

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.

washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/07/31/trumps-mail-ballot-claims-are-part-long-history-voter-suppression

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