Representative Ted Lieu Offers Bill Barr 9 Words Of Guidance (And Light Trolling) On Voting Laws
In only nine words, Ted Lieu responded to Attorney General Bill Barr’s apparent confusion about exactly how illegal it is to vote twice in a U.S. election. Asked about Trump’s suggestion to vote twice to “test” voting protections, Barr sidestepped the question, saying he wasn’t sure what state laws say. However, Lieu caught the dodge and pointed out something very relevant: it’s illegal at the Federal level.
Lieu shared with his Twitter followers a letter he says he sent to Bill Barr to simplify the concept to its basics. In fact, he reduced it to a single sentence of nine little words: “Federal Law Prohibits Voting Twice In The Same Election”
The Attorney General of the United States is ignorant of basic voting laws. So today I sent Bill Barr an official one-sentence letter to educate him.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 3, 2020
Barr, as the Attorney General for the United States, might not know all the voting laws and regulations across each state in the country. However, Lieu seems to imply, he should certainly know the basics on the Federal level, and have an understanding of the voting process, especially in an administration that has made a lot of allegations of voter fraud.
Just in case the single sentence boils it down too much, or a citation is needed, Lieu pointed Trump’s AG towards the relevant legalese, in 52 U.S. Code § 10307. An excerpt of that follows below.
Whoever votes more than once in an election referred to in paragraph (2) shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
The same section of U.S. Code also warns against attempting to intimidate voters, which might also be relevant for this election, in light of Trump’s call for “Poll Watchers” to volunteers for election day.
No person, whether acting under color of law or otherwise, shall intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for voting or attempting to vote, or intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for urging or aiding any person to vote…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2020
Twitter has added a disclaimer to Trump’s original tweets calling for voters to attempt to cast a second ballot after mailing in the first.
He had called for, in tweets as well as at an event in North Carolina, supporters to mail in their ballot, then go to the polls on election day and ask if it had been counted, then submit another if they weren’t confident their vote was tabulated. Voting twice in the same election is, again, illegal.