Trump says absentee voting safer than universal mail-in because of ‘process’ involved, following NJ arrests in fraud scandal – By Tyler Olson (FOX News) / June 29 2020
The new talking point comes after Trump and others in his administration were criticized for voting absentee themselves
President Trump in a Sunday night tweet said that due to the “process” voters must go through to obtain an absentee ballot, such voting is safer than general mail-in balloting — and he pointed to a voter-fraud scandal out of New Jersey back in May as evidence that universal mail-in voting would cause widespread problems.
The president’s contention comes as he and Republicans across the country have resisted Democratic pushes for universal mail-in voting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and after the president and members of his administration were criticized as hypocritical for voting absentee themselves while opposing mail-in voting. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has voted by mail 12 times in recent years, CBS reported, and Trump this year voted by mail in Florida, according to CNBC.
“Absentee Ballots are fine,” Trump tweeted. “A person has to go through a process to get and use them. Mail-In Voting, on the other hand, will lead to the most corrupt Election is USA history. Bad things happen with Mail-Ins. Just look at Special Election in Patterson, N.J. (sic) 19% of Ballots a FRAUD!”