Trump says vote twice.
The President of the United States has hit the campaign trail and is urging folks to vote.
So much so, that President Trump at a North Carolina rally suggested to his supporters don’t vote once, vote twice.
“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. So, let them send it in and let them go vote, and if the system is as good as they say it is, obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote so that’s the way it is. And that’s what they should do.”
And we all know voting twice is illegal.
The President tried to clarify his comments on Thursday, but his tweets contained so much misleading information about election procedures that they were quickly censored by Twitter. Election official denounced the President and his comments and said it was “encouraging voter fraud” and one official plainly said “Don’t do it!” Officials also made it clear double ballots “will not be counted” and said in-person efforts to check the status of mail ballots will “make lines longer” and could further spread the COVID-19.
Even though Trump encouraged double voting, he clarified his comments on Thursday and suggested people should go to their polling places to inquire about the status of their absentee ballots. This is legal, but amid a global pandemic, COVID-19, it’s not encouraged.
“They’ll go out and they’ll go vote, and they’re going to have to go and check their vote by going to the poll and voting that way,” Trump said and tweeted “…go to your Polling Place to see whether or not your Mail In Vote has been Tabulated (Counted). If it has, you will not be able to Vote & the Mail In System worked properly. If it has not been Counted, VOTE…”
North Carolina officials quicked issued a statement. “It is illegal to vote twice in an election,” Karen Brinson Bell, the top election official in North Carolina, said in a statement. “The State Board office strongly discourages people from showing up at the polls on Election Day to check whether their absentee ballot was counted. That is not necessary, and it would lead to longer lines and the possibility of spreading Covid-19.”
Also, election officials across the country stressed on Thursday that there are plenty of reliable options for voters to track ballots from home. In North Carolina, there are more efficient ways to track a mail ballot. There is an online voter lookup tool that will indicate when a ballot was accepted by local election officials. Voters can call their local election board. Or they can sign up for BallotTrax, an app that sends updates with each step, “much like… pizza delivery,” according to the state board of election.
Many states use the BallotTrax app, including California, which switched to universal mail-in voting this year.