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Lara Trump Made Robocalls Promoting Mailed Ballots — While Donald Trump Insisted They’re Unsafe

Donald Trump has repeatedly warned, without evidence, that allowing widespread mail-in voting for the 2020 election will invite fraud. However, his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, recorded a robocall for the Republican National Committee encouraging people to mail in ballots, and calling the vote-by-mail safe and secure.

Lara Trump robocall ballots
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CNN discovered the robocall, in which Lara Trump encourages California voters to support congressional candidate Mike Garcia. The call included a call to support Garcia, and an assurance that the ballot was safe and secure.

Hi, this is Lara Trump calling from the Republican National Committee to remind you that you will soon be receiving a ballot for the congressional special election in your district taking place on Tuesday, May 12th….you can safely and securely vote for Mike Garcia by returning your mail-in ballot by May 12th.

The full audio of the call can be heard here, at NoMoRobo — a site dedicated to blocking and archiving robocalls.

This call reportedly went out on April 14, 2020. Less than a week before, on April 8, Trump blasted voting by mail in a pair of tweets, saying it is ripe for fraud and “doesn’t work out for Republicans.” (Garcia won his election, incidentally.) Again on April 11, he described the process of increasing the risk of fraud.

Trump also implied mailed ballots are somehow different from absentee ballots, though the only difference is that current efforts promote absentee voting being available to every citizen. Notably, the National Conference of State Legislatures lists five states that already do elections entirely by mailed (or absentee) votes, and that two-thirds of states already allow any voter to request an absentee ballot. In a minority of states, absentee voting is limited to certain voters who can prove they could not vote in person due to military service, illness, or other cause.



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