John Herter got an absentee ballot request form with Donald Trump’s face on it.
Trump fat grinning face with the words,
“Are you going to let the Democrats silence you? Act now to stand with President Trump.”
Voters in Lincoln County North Carolina received the mailer over the past few days. Trump has said that he opposes crucial USPS funding because he doesn’t want to see it used for mail-in voting this November.
The pandemic has led to high levels of voting-by-mail, but Trump has tried to restrict this method because he said it is filled with fraud and abuse.
According to CNN, they have
has fact-checked multiple times and which are largely without merit. Trump has criticized mail-in voting for months, baselessly asserting that it will lead to voter fraud.
There is not widespread voter fraud in US elections, and nonpartisan experts say neither party automatically benefits when states expand access to mail-in voting.
Chandler Carranza, of Gaston County, North Carolina, said he laughed after receiving the absentee ballot request mailer on Thursday.
“The irony is very thick and definitely not lost on me.
Trump has been saying mail-in ballots will bring fraud to the election but absentee ballots are legit. Which is it? It can’t be both ways. I laughed because if the campaign actually took information from other times they have reached out to me, they’d know I won’t vote for Trump despite being a registered Republican.”
The Trump campaign said the mailer shows how it
“is working to ensure voters in every state know how their state’s sorting system works so that every eligible voter can cast their ballot and have their vote counted.”
Thea McDonald, deputy national press secretary, told CNN after she was shown the mailer.
“President Trump has consistently and rightly said that where a voter cannot make it to the polls, they should request an absentee ballot.
The President has also correctly distinguished between chaos-ridden universal mail-in voting systems, like the one that led to California’s train wreck primary, and traditional absentee mail voting systems, like the tried and true system in North Carolina—a distinction Democrats and many in the mainstream media purposely ignore to sow confusion.”
The mailer was sent out by the North Carolina Republican Party, press secretary Tim Wigginton. The state party has sent several statewide mailers. Wigginton said.
“to make it easier for interested voters to participate.
We want our voters to know they can utilize this tool to cast their ballot in an easy, safe and secure manner. It is important to note that the North Carolina system requires a voter to actively solicit a ballot and go through an easy but important verification process to request a ballot
We along with President Trump oppose an all-mail election process where voters are mailed ballots without a prior request and authentication.”
The USPS announced Sunday it would stop removing postal collection boxes through late November following complaints about how some had been taken away.
House Democrats said Sunday they are “ramping up” their investigation of the United States Postal Service and as Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, called on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors Robert Duncan to testify.
One voter, Taylor Alexander, of Wake County, North Carolina received the absentee ballot request form on Wednesday and said,
“My initial reaction was that I was kind of shocked, and laughed because of the irony of it, because Trump had been railing against mail-in voting, but here his party was, promoting it, and sending out an absentee ballot request form.
I think it’s ridiculous that the funding is being cut and processes are being changed in the post office. People’s life saving medication are days late, bills aren’t being paid on time, and all for what? It’s rigging the election.”
Got my mail in absentee ballot request form from @realDonaldTrump that will allow me to mail in my vote if I need to… but I can’t remember if this is a good thing or bad thing. Mail in is bad but absentee is good??? 🙄🙄🙄 pic.twitter.com/fbdgiq4hwc— Chandler Carranza (@ChandlerC226) August 13, 2020