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In Response To Military Voting Access, Donald Trump Insists Election “May Never Be Accurately Determined”

Donald Trump has claimed many times that the presidential election will be ‘rigged’ or subjected to fraud due to mailed ballots. This time, he’s jumping on ballots mailed by deployed military personnel.

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True The Vote tweeted a call to action, asking for the public to call their local elections administrator and ask if ballots had been mailed for deployed military personnel. September 19 will mark 45 days until the election — the deadline by which, under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act and Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (respectively, UOCAVA and MOVE), ballots must be sent to service members and other U.S. Citizens currently overseas.

True The Vote was specifically calling on citizens to make sure deployed military members will have access to their ballots to vote in this year’s presidential election.

Trump responded to this, railing about a “new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballots.” Placing the word “voters” in scare quotes, he suggested that instead of going to voters, these ballots are going to some unspecified “wherever,” claimed that this will prevent the election from ever being determined accurately, and demanded a stop to “ballot madness.”

Ballots are sent to deployed military members for every election, and it’s not new or unprecedented.

However, recent news that Trump denigrated military members, calling those killed in action “losers” and “suckers,” followed by his administration’s order (reversed after backlash) to shut down Stars & Stripes, a military news source, may have Trump concerned about the military vote.

Even last year, Military Times reported that Trump’s approval among active duty military members was in decline, with half of respondents unhappy with him. THat trend has continued, with the same magazine reporting last month that 41.3% of active-duty respondents polled said they’d vote for Joe Biden — compared to 37.4% for Trump.

While Trump’s attacks on mailed ballots have previously been directed at the general public, not military ballots, the military vote has never before been this unfavorable for him. Now that statistics are suggesting the vote of active-duty military members might not be good news for Donald Trump, he appears to be including these ballots in the list of those he considers to be unreliable and subject to fraud.



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