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President Trump suggests North Carolina voters vote twice to test election system

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that voters in North Carolina should test their state’s election system by voting once by mail, then trying to vote a second time in person (USA Today). ~

When asked by North Carolina news station WECT whether he was confident in the state’s absentee voting system, President Trump appeared to suggest that, in order to test the system, voters should attempt to vote twice and see how it goes. His answer: “Well, they’ll go out and they’ll vote and they’re going to have to go and check their vote by going to the poll and voting that way because if it tabulates then they won’t be able to do that. And if their system’s as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote (at the poll). If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote.” ~

Trump has repeatedly asserted that mail-in voting – expanded by some states because of the coronavirus pandemic – would increase fraud and disrupt the November election (Reuters). There remains little national evidence to support this claim, though mail-in-voting fraud has occurred in local elections in numerous areas around the country (LA Times). Trump said Wednesday that if the voting system is working properly, someone who sends in a ballot by mail and then tries to vote in person at a later time would not be allowed to do so because their vote would already be counted. ~

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Trump’s remarks, saying that the President was trying to iterate that mail-in-voters should go to polling places to ensure their mail votes got tabulated, and vote in-person if they were not. “The president does not condone unlawful voting,” McEnany said. ~

Traditionally, a voter who requested an absentee ballot can show up at a polling place on election day and verify their vote was tabulated. Based on some state rules, a voter could theoretically cancel their absentee ballot and may be instructed to cast a provisional ballot while authorities review the voter’s validity. According to the LA Times, in the case where a voter’s “absentee ballot was not counted, their provisional ballot would be counted.” ~

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