- President Donald Trump on Saturday asked voters in North Carolina to ballot twice, which is illegal, to ensure that his vote counted.
- His tweet comes a day after voters in North Carolina released an app to help them monitor the status of their absentee ballots.
- Attorney General Josh Stein of North Carolina denied Trump’s message, advising voters not to “do what the president dictates.”
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The day after North Carolina released an app to help voters track the status of their absentee ballots, President Donald Trump urged people in the state to vote twice, which is illegal.
“North Carolina: To make sure your ballot paper is signed and sent it quickly. When the polls open, go to your polling place to see if it is fragmented. If not, vote!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
“Your signed ballot will not count because your vote has been posted. Don’t let them take your vote away from you illegally!”
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2020
Twitter Flagged Trump’s tweet, giving “public interest information” on it “for violating our civil integrity policy”, especially to encourage people to potentially vote twice. ”
Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections, said in a statement that North Carolina on Friday unveiled an online service called BallatTrax that allowed voters to “monitor their mail-in absentee voting from the comfort of their home” gives.”
“Tracking their ballot may give voters peace of mind that their ballot was received by their county election board,” Brinson said.
The president, in a video aired on Facebook, first urged voters in North Carolina to vote by mail-in vote, then visit a polling station and vote again if mail-in votes had not yet been counted. is. The social media platform vowed to take them down as the message was breached “policies preventing voter fraud.”
Minutes after Trump sent a tweet directing North Carolinians to vote twice, the state’s Attorney General, Josh Stein, urged the opposite.
“NORTH CAROLINA: Don’t do what the president dictates. To make sure to sign your ballots, and just send it. Then track it online with BALLOTTRAX,” Stein tweeted, linking to the app with. “Don’t double down (it’s a felony), or waste your time, or unnecessarily risk exposure for more people.”
-Josh Stein (@joshten_) September 12, 2020
Coronovirus has forced dozens of states to expand their vote-by-mail programs to help prevent the spread of the virus through in-person voting. The North Carolina app will encourage voters to stay home rather than show up in person at the election, a press release from the State Board of Elections said.
The election agency also issued a separate statement earlier this month that listed two additional ways voters can check the status of their ballot without showing in person, as Trump urged in his tweet.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
This is not the first time Trump has encouraged Americans to vote more than once.
Earlier this month, Trump urged his Twitter followers After submitting your vote by mail, go to your polling place to see “whether your mail has been tabulated in the vote”. Twitter said that some of these tweets “violate Twitter’s rules about civic and election integrity.”