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Fact check: Trump lies about voter fraud while states, CDC encourage voting-by-mail as pandemic-friendly option

April 10, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump this week opened a new front in his campaign of lies about voter fraud in US elections, this time falsely claiming that voting-by-mail is "corrupt" and "dangerous," even while states embrace it as a safe alternative during the pandemic.

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump this week opened a new front in his campaign of lies about voter fraud in US elections, this time falsely claiming that voting-by-mail is "corrupt" and "dangerous," even while states embrace it as a safe alternative during the pandemic.

One day later, Trump tweeted that voting-by mail "doesn't work out well for Republicans. " He urged Republicans to "fight very hard" against any efforts to expand statewide mail-in voting, even though he has previously taken advantage of absentee voting in his home state of Florida.

"I'm not going to say which party does it, but thousands of votes are gathered, and they come in and they're dumped in a location, and then all of a sudden you lose elections that you think you're going to win," Trump later said, implying wrongdoing by Democrats, even though the most egregious alleged voter fraud scheme in decades was designed to help a Republican.

This includes traditional absentee ballots plus the handful of states that conduct elections entirely by mail, which Trump singled out this week as a particularly "dangerous" system that is "ripe for fraud. "

The ruby-red state of Utah will use all-mail elections this year, undercutting Trump's theory that this system is only embraced by Democrats because it hurts Republicans.

Asked about this contradiction, Trump said it was acceptable "because I'm allowed to" vote by mail while living outside the state of Florida.

Ohio's Republican Gov. Mike DeWine delayed the March primary and the state switched to a largely vote-by-mail election.

And Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger also said he would send absentee request forms to all voters, who can ask for mail-in ballots for the May primary and November general election.

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