Fact Or Faux: Trump Told People To Vote Twice
Social media users are spreading the news that President Donald Trump is encouraging voters to vote twice in the November presidential election. This news is not only baffling, it has also been condemned by a number of Americans both on social media and through news platforms.
On the issue, Michael Steele, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland stated via Twitter that; "This is the kind of ignorance which creates confusion and frustrates voters." He went ahead to mention how illegal it is and how it was an irresponsible thing for Trump to do while Barbara McQuade, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan lamented; "Our president has committed the crime of soliciting voter fraud in plain sight. What’s next, 5th Avenue?" While all these speculations are right, Trump did not specifically ask people to vote twice even though what he said could lead to people voting twice.
These speculations originated from statements Trump made in North Carolina about the possibility of votes not getting counted. The main bone of contention in these statements was when Trump said; "if you get the unsolicited ballots, send it in and then go make sure it counted, and then if it doesn’t tabulate, you vote" and; "send it in early, and then go and vote. And if it’s not tabulated, you vote, and the vote is gonna count".
This suggestion was influenced by Trump's distrust for mail-in voting and his frequent arguments, none of which are backed up by any substantial evidence that mail-in voting can lead to a lot of election fraud.
This suggestion was followed by something CNN calls "a series of cleanup tweets" by Trump on the 3rd of September where he mentioned that going to check whether your vote has been tabulated on election day is just a way to test the mail-in balloting system. Access to these tweets have been restricted by Twitter because it is against the platform's rules against civic and election integrity.Some have even argued that in line with the provision of law in North Carolina which classifies inducing people to commit election fraud as a felony, Trump has already committed a felony but in truth, the president did not directly ask people to vote twice.
To track your ballot, many states offer websites. For North Carolina, Karen Brinson Bell, the state's elections director mentioned that the app BalloTrax will soon be launched for that purpose.