Facebook, Twitter Mark Trump Posting Voting by Mail, Going to Polls: NPR

Facebook, Twitter Mark Trump Posting Voting by Mail, Going to Polls: NPR

President Trump visited Wilmington, NC, on Wednesday and urged supporters to try to vote in person after the vote was sent by mail – actions that would be illegal and disruptive.

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President Trump visited Wilmington, NC, on Wednesday and urged supporters to try to vote in person after the vote was sent by mail – actions that would be illegal and disruptive.

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Updated at 3:08 p.m. ET

President Trump, who has often criticized the postal vote, on Wednesday attacked the process one step further, telling North Carolina supporters to go to the polls even after the postal vote to “make sure” will be measured. “

Voting twice would be a felony under North Carolina law – as he urges someone to vote twice – warned Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Election Board, who issued a statement Thursday morning.

“The state council has a special investigative team that investigates allegations of double voting, which are referred to prosecutors when justified,” Bell said.

The warning came when Trump told a group of supporters in Wilmington, NC, at the airport: “If you receive junk ballots, send it and then go – make sure it counts. And if it does not, you vote. You just vote. And then if they submit it too late, something they should not do, they will see you vote, and so it will not count. So, send it early, and then go and vote. And if it has not been filed – you vote. “A vote will count,” Trump said.

Thursday afternoon, Twitter pointed out Trump’s morning tweets Reiterating his comments, he said that “they violated Twitter’s rules on the integrity of citizens and elections”.

Facebook took a similar step, attaching a statement to Trump’s post on the platform stating, “Mail voting has a long history of credibility in the United States and is expected to do so this year.” (Read more about voting by mail here; says the FBI has no evidence of coordinated widespread voter fraud, despite Trump’s claims.)

A spokesman said Facebook would also not allow people to share Trump’s video because it “violates our policies that prohibit voter fraud.”

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany insisted the president “does not forgive illegal voting” in Thursday’s press release.

Earlier, White House spokesman Judd Deere denied that Trump was urging citizens to vote twice, and said the media was taking his comments out of context.

“No one has fought harder for an electoral system that is fair and free of fraud and abuse by President Trump. This idea of ‚Äč‚Äčencouraging people to vote twice is another example of the media taking it out of context.” said Dere in a statement.

While nine states and the District of Columbia send precautionary ballots to all registered voters, North Carolina is not, nor is the state sending absentee ballots to voters, as are nine additional states.

In an interview with WCET TelevisionTrump was asked about his confidence in the state’s absentee voting system.

“They will go out and vote and they will have to go and check their vote by going to the polls and voting like that because if they vote then they will not be able to do that,” he said. “Well, let them send it and let them vote and if their system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they will not be able to vote. If it is not registered, you will be able to vote, so be it. “

Amber McReynolds, who heads the National Vote At Home Institute and was Denver’s director of elections, said there were safeguards in most states to avoid the kind of action Trump advocated.

When voters sign the envelope containing their ballot, “it’s almost the same as checking in at a polling station in a poll book,” he says. “You basically check yourself from the list by turning the folder.”

McReynolds says if voters “show up in person and request a vote by mail, you will be given a temporary vote because they must confirm that your mail vote has not been received,” he said.

Trump often has the postal vote was criticized, claiming without evidence that it is full of fraud. A record number of voters are expected to vote by post in the upcoming presidential election amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Bell, of North Carolina Electoral State, said voters should not go to the polls to check if their vote has been counted.

“The State Council office strongly discourages people from going to the polls on Election Day to check if their absentee ballots have been counted,” he said. “This is not necessary, and would lead to longer lines and the possibility of COVID-19 spreading.”

NPR technology correspondent Shannon Bond contributed to this story.

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