Trump Keeps Criticizing Universal Vote By Mail. But The Nation Isn’t Doing That

Trump Keeps Criticizing Universal Vote By Mail. But The Nation Isn’t Doing That

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July 30, 20208:50 PM ET

Miles Parks


President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on July 30.Yuri Gripas/Getty Images

President Trump’s claims about why November’s election could be marred and illegitimate shifted again Thursday, after he walked back his desire to potentially delay voting.

Trump falsely claimed that the U.S. is sending out “hundreds of millions of universal mail-in ballots” and also repeated a conspiracy theory about foreign countries counterfeiting ballots.

“We are sending out hundreds of millions of universal mail-in ballots,” Trump said. “Where are they going? Who are they being sent to?”

Trump seemed to be referencing California, which has decided to send a mail ballot to all of the state’s more than 20 million registered voters ahead of the presidential election. A handful of states also send ballots to all registered voters, but no states send ballots out to people who are not registered to vote.

In May, Trump similarly falsely claimed that California was sending ballots to anyone, “no matter who they are or how they got there.” Twitter added a fact-check warning to the tweet shortly after it was published.

Trump also repeated a fear that he and Attorney General William Barr have raised, about foreign countries counterfeiting ballots. Neither Trump nor Barr have explained how such a plot could successfully pass the numerous safeguards election officials have in place, like barcodes and signature verification, instead they have said as Trump did Thursday, that the threat was “obvious.”Article continues after sponsor message

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