GOP Voters Receive Emails Begging Them To Submit Ballots — Even Though Deadline Is Past

While Donald Trump rails against imagined voter fraud by Democrats, it turns out that some of his voters are being encouraged to do exactly what he’s accusing Democrats of.

Donald Trump supporters try to cheat
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Trump has claimed that ballots are being counted despite arriving after deadlines. In Georgia, he’s already had a case thrown out of court because this claim was unsubstantiated, and an election worker was able to verify that the ballots in question had been received on time.

Now, the Daily Beast has caught GOP officials encouraging would-be Trump voters to do exactly that. In an email sent by a group called Kenosha for Trump, on behalf of Trump Victory and the RNC, volunteers were sought to promote the return of illegal and illegitimate ballots.

A ballot sent in after election day would not be valid in Pennsylvania, and Trump himself has railed against Democrats, who he claims (falsely, without evidence) are doing so. Still, the email asked for volunteers to help urge Trump supporters who had failed to vote on or by election day, to fill out a ballot and submit it.

“Trump Victory urgently needs volunteers to make phone calls to Pennsylvania Trump supporters to return their absentee ballots. These phone calls will help President Trump win the election!”

It is oddly reminiscent of Trump’s call for voters in North Carolina to vote twice, which he framed as a way of testing whether fraud would be caught or allowed, and whether mail-in ballots would make it through the system.

Trump was showing a lead in Pennsylvania vote counts early, but as the week and the count wore on, he began to fall behind Joe Biden, as the NY Times map shows.

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