Trump has been claiming that the upcoming election will see “the greatest scam in the history of politics.”
According to elections officials and analysts, the scam has nothing to do with the kinds of skullduggery Trump and his allies claim we should expect as a record number of Americans vote by mail due to the pandemic, supposed bribes, counterfeit ballots and other fraudulent votes. Rather, its because their hyperbolic and false partisan attacks, along with legal maneuvers, seek to undermine a secure system of voting.
Last week, US intelligence officials, too, contradicted Trump’s claims, saying they had no evidence that Russia or other countries are attempting to produce fake ballots or otherwise undermine mail-in-voting.
Nearly, every example of alleged mail-in-voting fraud that Trump and his supporters have raised is either misleading or flat-out wrong.
Elections expert says, cases of mail-in-voting fraud and electoral fraud in general are exceedingly rare in the US.
Rick Hasen, an election-law scholar and the author of “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust and the Threat to American Democracy”, said “When the President says that its going to be fraudulent, that its going to be rigged, he is rigged, he is speaking with absolutely no credibility. There is no evidence of this. There is no evidence that the states that vote all by mail have larger rates of fraudulent balloting. In fact, fraudulent balloting is rare in all states in the US.”
9 states and the District of Columbia are using universal vote-by-mail for the November election.
Several election analysts said they worry about Trump’s efforts to cast doubt on the outcome if counting the votes takes days or even weeks to resolve. A record number of voters are expected to vote by mail, some states wont start counting ballots until after the polls close. For these and other reasons, including battleground states, may be delayed.
Trump made unsubstantiated voter fraud claims in 2016. When polls showed Hillary Clinton leading, Trump repeatedly claimed the election was rigged and would not commit to accepting the results. Even after he won, he falsely claimed he’d won the popular vote, too and repeatedly said that 3 million undocumented immigrants had voted for Clinton, a contention for which his own commission on election integrity found no evidence.