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Should Mail-In ballots be banned in the 2020 US Elections? Show more Show less
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In 2018, 25% of Americans who voted, voted by mail. In 2020, these numbers are projected to be even higher with the Covid-19 pandemic still raging in the US. But the use of mail ballots in the November 2020 presidential election has become a point of contestation. President Trump has argued on Twitter that mail in ballots should not be used in the presidential election. Others claim mail-in voting is secure and increases turn-out and fear Trump's position is part of a longer game to discredit the election results.

Yes, mail-in ballots should be banned in the 2020 US Elections. Show more Show less

Current President Donald Trump and his followers have openly advocated for the banning of mail in ballots in the 2020 elections for a variety of (unsubstantiated) reasons.
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Absentee voting is valid, but mail-in voting is not

Absentee ballots are safer because limited to specific individuals, with each registered long in advance. All Mail-In voting is more dangerous.
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The Argument

President Donald Trump has defended absentee voting while criticising mail-in voting. Specifically, he said: "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?" Even though absentee-voting and mail-in voting are both terms that refer to exactly the same thing, due to this misleading messaging, critics of mail-in voting believe it is more prone to fraud.

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There is no distinction between absentee voting and mail-in ballots. Both terms refer to the same type of voting.


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