President Donald Trump on Saturday again violated Twitter rules by encouraging North Carolina voters to commit felony crimes.
In TweetThe president urged voters in the state, which is expected to hold several competitive races in November, to vote twice – once by mail and once in person. Twice voting is illegal in the state of North Carolina, as it is in all states. Twitter quickly disguised the tweet for violating the site’s rules about protecting “civil and electoral integrity”, although it has not been taken down, which has been considered public interest.
Not only is it a crime to vote twice in North Carolina, even Trump’s tweet may be a violation of North Carolina election law, which specifies “to induce another [commit a fraud to register or vote at more than one precinct or more than one time], In the same primary or election “is illegal.
Answer Carolina: To ensure that your ballot is signed and sent only. When polls open, go to your polling place to see if it was COUNTED. If not, vote! Your signed ballot will not count because your vote has been posted. Do not let them illegally cast your vote away from you!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2020
Saturday’s tweet is not the first time Trump has suggested that it would be wise to vote twice, which, again, is far more illegal. He urged voters to vote twice at a campaign stop in Wilmington, North Carolina earlier this month, and he repeatedly raided against mail-in voting, although there is no evidence that the system in- Person is more vulnerable than voting (not all forms of voter fraud are missing in the US).
In addition to being illegal, Trump’s advice is also wrong. As North Carolina Board of Elections Director Karen Brinson Bell explained for the first time that Trump suggested double voting, “absentee ballots received on election day are not counted until after the election.”
In other words, if the North Carolina voter mail-in ballot is not counted until election day, it does not mean that anyone is “trying to take your vote” – their ballot will be counted by then , Received until November 3 and November 6, until it is postmarked. Those who requested a mail-in ballot, but did not use it, are still allowed to vote in person.
This is also not very good for voters who have already voted to go to polling places on election day from a logistics standpoint. As Bell notes, “This would give rise to the possibility of long lines and the spread of Kovid-19.”
The President has made it clear that the real motivation for his attacks on mail-in voting is political. In March this year, he told Fox and friend He was opposed to the Democrats’ efforts to make it easier to vote, because “if you ever agreed to it, you wouldn’t be a re-elected Republican in this country.”
If we make voting easier in America then Trump is openly admitting Republicans will not win the election
Trump: “The things he had were crazy. He had a level of voting, that if you ever agree to it, you won’t be a re-elected Republican in this country.” pic.twitter.com/x5HmX6uogo
– Liss Power (@lisspower1) March 30, 2020
In other words, his opposition to vote-by-mail and his advocacy for double voting – naked political gambling, made people all the more transparent for the fact that he himself voted in the Florida primary recently by mail Had given.
However, Trump may actually reduce his own chances this November, especially in relation to his attacks on mail-in voting. According to Politico’s Anita Kumar, some Republican strategists are concerned that the president’s anti-mail-in-voting vote may be the result of rhetoric and they may spend in elections.
Although an overwhelming majority of all registered voters, and a slim majority of Republicans, reported confidence in mail-in voting after a recent vote by Ipsos at the Washington Post-University of Maryland, Republican compared to Democrats and Independents A high proportion of those indicating that they are not accurately trusted mail-in ballots.
Twitter and Facebook elections breaking up over disruption
Trump’s vote-by-mail rhetoric is sparking controversy with social media companies’ efforts to deal with electoral misinformation. Although it did not go as Twitter and Trump’s message was disguised, Facebook investigated the fact that Trump posted the same Saturday morning, saying that mail-in voting “has a long history of trustworthiness in America and that The prediction is “year.”
Both platforms have taken extensive steps to deal with misinformation related to elections before November. This week, Twitter announced a new set of policies to prevent the spread of elections and misinformation. Although the rules do not apply until next week, previous Trump’s tweets will follow the new policies, as reported by Recode’s Shireen Ghafri.
Facebook also took similar steps last week, including an election-week ban on new political ads and a policy meant to guard against false claims of victory the night before the election.
Trump appears tweeting through these rule changes, devolution, illegal suggestions and all.
If you plan to vote by mail this November, see the state-by-state guide of all the dates you need to know; For all other voting needs, Vox Jane Kirby has you covered.
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