President Donald Trump has recently run with the idea that voting by mail sets the stage for some kind of rampant fraud, but there is no evidence for this claim, which he’s brought out in the wake of states like Michigan and Nevada expanding vote-by-mail options in their state in an attempt to protect voters from potential Coronavirus transmission at in-person polling places. During a Fox News broadcast early this Friday, host Chris Wallace publicly corrected the president’s brazen misinformation, outlining how, quite simply, Trump is in the wrong, and there is no evidence to support his latest conspiracy theory.
Acknowledging that there have been only very isolated instances of documented fraud around mail-in voting, and one of the most recent instances involved a North Carolina Republican campaign which benefited from some of that fraud, Wallace commented:
‘I’ve done some deep dive in it, there really is no record of massive fraud or even serious fraud from mail-in voting. It’s being carried out in Republican states, it’s being carried out in Democratic states, there’s no indication that mail-in voting as opposed to in person voting tends to favor one party over another. If anything, it tends to favor Republicans, because the people… who historically have tended to vote most often by mail are elderly people… and they tend to vote more Republican than Democratic.’
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Chris Wallace pours cold water on Trump's mail-in voting lies
Wallace: "There really is no record of massive fraud, or even serious fraud from mail-in voting … When people get their ballots and mail them in themselves, no history of fraud at all." pic.twitter.com/4cyYDu26iu
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) May 22, 2020
Ironically, some recent polls have indicated that the opinion of elderly voters towards the Trump campaign has markedly lowered. In one recent Morning Consult poll, individuals who were 65 years old or older disapproved of the president’s job performance amidst the Coronavirus crisis at a higher rate than any other age group except only the youngest American voters. On top of those numbers, a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that senior voters preferred presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by a large margin — although Trump won among senior voters by 7 percent in 2016, in the new polling, Biden led among senior voters by a full 9 percent.
Nevertheless, the point remains — there is no evidence for the president’s claims of some kind of rampant fraud among mail-in voting systems, which are already used around much of the country. Trump took his conspiracy theories to such extremes that in recent days, he threatened to cut off federal funding from Michigan and Nevada in retaliation for their mail-in voting plans. Trump doesn’t seem likely to take Wallace’s admonishments to heart — Trump has repeatedly complained about the host, as if it’s the job of media personalities to support the president.