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US News Death at the polls? Suspicions surrounding postal votes in the American presidential election

19:36  15 october  2020
19:36  15 october  2020 Source:   observers.france24.com

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Photos publiées par plusieurs internautes sur les réseaux sociaux montrant des votes par correspondance envoyés par erreur à des anciens habitants, ou à des personnes décédées dans le cadre de l’élection présidentielle américaine du 3 novembre prochain. © Supplied by France 24 Photos published by several Internet users on social networks showing postal votes sent by mistake to former inhabitants, or to people who died in the context of the US presidential election on November 3.

Voters who have died or have moved: doubts surrounding the US presidential election on November 3 will see an unprecedented number of Americans voting by mail because of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the procedure has been validated by most American states, President Donald Trump and his supporters regularly express their fears about this system, which they accuse of promoting potential fraud. In recent weeks, several Internet users have shared photos showing bulletins they had received but intended for other people, and sometimes even for deceased people. Can these errors really influence the vote? Elements of answer with two experts of the American voting system.

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On September 30, Internet user Richie McGiniss posted on Twitter a photo claiming to have received four ballots from Washington D.C for four people who no longer live at this address. Its publication thus provoked a wave of worried reactions, and was even relayed by Kayleigh McEnany, the press officer of the White House, calling this example a system "advocating fraud".

On September 27, Tom Daniel, a Facebook user, also posted a photo of an automatically sent ballot to vote in New Jersey, claiming he had received it in error. In his # Trump2020 hashtag post, he explains that he has lived and voted in Florida since 2016, and urges other netizens to expose "fraud from states that automatically mail ballots." He adds "we know which side is pushing for this".

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US President Donald Trump himself has posted at least eight tweets since September about what he calls "unwanted votes", claiming that "80 million ballots" were sent by states and that "the mail-in vote scam is a major threat to our democracy, and Democrats know it." Newsletters sent to deceased people

Other internet users have also reported receiving newsletters for dead people, such as Twitter user Carolyn Quinn. She posted on October 6 a photo of ballots received in New Jersey and intended for her deceased parents, with the caption "Voter Fraud Alert." Contacted by the editorial staff of France 24 Observers, she explains that both of her parents died last year. She sent France 24 documents attesting to their death.

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic situation pushed

24 US states and the city of Washington DC to opt for the mail voting system, compared to only 16 in 2016. The number of states sending the ballots directly votes to registered voters also doubled, from five in 2016 to ten this year. The New York Times explains that statistical data shows that more Democratic voters are expected to vote by mail than Republican voters.

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