President Trump rejected expanded “vote by mail” policies in wake of the coronavirus because he believes it could lead to increased voter fraud.
Washington Examiner reports President Trump said he did not want to see expanded mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic because of the potential for fraudulent votes.
“Do you think every state in the country should be prepared for mail-in voting?” ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Trump during a Friday press conference.
“No, because I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting,” the president responded. “And it shouldn’t be mail-in voting. It should be, you go to a booth, and you probably display yourself. You don’t send it in the mail where people pick up all sorts of bad things can happen by the time they sign that, if they sign that, if they sign that, by the time it gets and is tabulated. No. It should not be mailed-in. You should vote at the booth, and you should have voter ID.”
During the press conference, Trump said his administration was recommending that all people wear face coverings in public. The president also suggested that people might stop shaking hands with each other even after the pandemic is over.
So far, there have been over 270,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, along with nearly 7,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 10,000 people have recovered in the country.