News ID: 273775
Published: 0222 GMT September 05, 2020

Mr. Trump blatantly pushing voting twice is the definition of illegal

Mr. Trump blatantly pushing voting twice is the definition of illegal
North Carolina kicks off the 2020 US presidential election on Sep. 4, sending hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots to voters.

Having worked elections since 2000, I am appalled by President Trump’s lawless, feckless public charge that citizens vote both by mail and in-person this presidential election [“Trump proposes that people test election-security protocols by voting twice,” Sept. 3]. Beyond its illegality, any such action would further overwhelm burdened, undermanned election workers by requiring those who received absentee or mail-in ballots to vote provisionally in-person.

Moreover, Mr. Trump aired his reckless guidance in North Carolina, whose GOP operatives in the 9th Congressional District illegally collected absentee ballots from Democrats in 2018. The “harvesting” scandal led to five arrests and the invalidation of the contest.

The day after Mr. Trump’s address, North Carolina Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell issued a statement that read, in part, “Attempting to vote twice in an election or soliciting someone to do so is a violation of North Carolina law.”

A president who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution remains its greatest menace.

Vinnie Perrone, Burtonsville

Letter to the Editor/The Washington Post



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