Donald Trump says 2020 U.S. election ‘rigged’ if mail-in ballots used

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday morning, saying the 2020 presidential election will be “rigged” if mail-in ballots are used instead of in-person voting.

“Rigged 2020 election: millions of mail-in ballots will be printed by foreign countries, and others. It will be the scandal of our times!” Trump tweeted.

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This is not the first time Trump has blasted the use of mail-in voting, a method more U.S. states are adopting during the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, he said using this form of voting will lead to the “greatest rigged election in history.”

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The coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 118,000 Americans and led to fears of a second wave of infections in the fall, has pushed a number of states to expand mail-in voting. U.S. health officials have said voting by mail can help prevent the spread of the pandemic.

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But Trump has made clear he believes casting mail-in ballots would benefit Democrats. He has alleged — without citing evidence — that it will lead to massive fraud.

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Many states, including some with Republican leaders, are taking steps towards making mail-in ballots easier to submit during the 2020 election — citing it as a safer alternative to in-person voting on Nov. 3.

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Last week, Wisconsin, a state that swung to Trump in 2016, decided to send absentee ballot requests to nearly all voters before November’s elections, a step already taken by Michigan, another swing state.

Trump said expanded mail-in voting could cost him re-election in November, according to a Politico interview published on Friday. His campaign has launched a multimillion-dollar lawsuit to block this type of voting.

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“My biggest risk is that we don’t win lawsuits,” Trump said in the interview.  “If we don’t win those lawsuits … I think it puts the election at risk.”

— With files from the Associated Press and Reuters

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