Democrats are pushing strongly for an immediate transition away from traditional in-person voting to a vote-by-mail system in all 50 states ahead of the 2020 election amid the coronavirus.
But according to one for state attorney general, he has seen firsthand that the process is plagued with fraud.
During an interview on Fox News with host Tucker Carlson, former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt back President Donald Trump’s concerns about mail-in voting.
“This is the game. It’s about winning elections and gaining power and here in my swing state … you are seeing videos of thousands of ballots that are piled up in apartments and trash cans and in hallways. And this is all because we are doing our first mail-in ballot election in the history of our state all under the cloak of the pandemic,” he said.
Laxalt was asked about Twitter placing a warning label on one of Trump’s tweets for the first time, maliciously claiming that “fact checkers” say there is “no evidence” that mail-in voting would increase fraud risks.
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Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general, says that it a lie and he has seen fraud from mail-in voting firsthand.
Laxalt warned that Nevada has expanded mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been sending absentee ballots to inactive voters.
“Inactive voters, 200,000 of them were mailed ballots all across the greater Las Vegas area,” he said, “and we have no way to know if these are going to lead to massive voter fraud, and they continue to sue to get rid of signature verifications and to enact the California-style ballot harvesting right here in Nevada.”
Trump has also been warning about fraud often associated with mail-in voting and how he believes it will destroy the country.
During remarks on Tuesday from the White House, the president slammed Democrats for pushing vote-by-mail.
“We’re not going to destroy this country by allowing things like that to happen. We’re not destroying our country. This has more to do with fairness and honesty and, really, our country itself,” Trump said.
Trump then warned that activists could throw away ballots, steal them, print several ballots and sign them, or even double count them.
“People take them where they force people to vote,” he warned. “They harvest … They take many, many ballots, and they put them all together, and then they just dump them, and nobody has any idea whether they’re crooked or not.”
This could be a disaster, according to at least one expert.
Government Accountability Insititute research director Eric Eggers says the Democrats’ plan for nationwide mail-in voting would send ballots to 24 million inaccurate and flawed voter registrations.
Eggers said nationwide mail-in voting would be wide open to fraud and abuse.
“The concern I have if we’re trying to mandate national mail-in elections — which by the way was part of the language that Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats inserted in the first version of the most recent stimulus package — would be that we have such massive problems with voter rolls in this country,” Eggers said. “So, now, are we going to be mailing ballots to people that authentically don’t exist and or are ineligible voters?”
Eggers said mail-in voting ensures voters associated with those flawed voter registrations would get the chance to vote in the 2020 presidential election.