Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday during a virtual fundraiser that he fears President Donald Trump will try to “indirectly steal” the November election through his opposition to mail-in voting.
“This president is going to try to indirectly steal the election by arguing that mail-in ballots don’t work. They’re not real. They’re not fair,” Biden said. Biden’s comment echoes remarks he made last month on “The Daily Show,” according to Fox News, and was likely in response to recent Trump tweets about the process.
Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020
Democrats have been pushing for a mail-in option for all voters, and some have even advocated making the entire election mail-in, citing safety concerns during the current pandemic.
Republicans oppose mail-in voting
Many Republicans, but not all, oppose universal mail-in voting because they say it would be more difficult to ensure the security of mail-in ballots and they see a huge potential for fraud — particularly in states where ballot harvesting is legal.
In states where expanded mail-in voting is already legal, there have been numerous reports of duplicate ballots being sent to homes. Concerns have also been raised about the U.S. Postal Service’s ability to securely handle the volume of mail-in ballots during the general election.
Instead of trying to understand and address the legitimate concerns many have about mail-in voting, however, Biden has chosen to make the issue a campaign talking point and use it to accuse Trump of cheating before the voting has even happened.
Absentee vs. mail-in ballots
Biden and others on the left have also accused Trump of hypocrisy for voting with an absentee ballot while opposing mail-in voting.
“This is a guy who said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent, voting by mail, while he sits behind the desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in a primary,” Biden told host Trevor Noah.
Trump has tweeted about the distinction between mail-in and absentee ballots. He has no problem with absentee voting because of the “precise process” it entails.
….Absentee Ballots are fine because you have to go through a precise process to get your voting privilege. Not so with Mail-Ins. Rigged Election!!! 20% fraudulent ballots?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020
Another problem with mail-in voting is having to verify thousands or millions of mail-in votes, which can take days or weeks and hold up election results as has already happened in several primaries in states with widespread mail-in voting.