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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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Foreign countries will sway US elections with counterfeit ballots

Both Attorney General William Barr and President Trump claim foreign adversaries will take advantage of an increase in mail-in voting by printing counterfeit ballots to commit fraud on a massive scale and skew the election.
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The Argument

Critics of vote-by-mail worry that it will lead to foreign countries swaying US elections with counterfeit ballots. Attorney General William Barr said during a House Judiciary Committee that mail-in voting could lead to foreign countries swaying US elections with counterfeit ballots. Though he admitted that there was no evidence, he claimed the possibility exists. This was then echoed by Donald Trump’s Twitter where he claimed foreign powers would "print millions of ballots" and "it will be the scandal of our times!" The US has never had an election with the scale of mail-in voting which is expected in 2020, and therefore this is an unknown which worries many people suspicious of mail-in voting.

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Attorney General Barr himself admitted he has no evidence to back the claim that foreign powers will take advantage of an increase in mail-in voting to sway the election.

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