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Twitter Flags Another Donald Trump Tweet After He Again Instructs North Carolinians to Illegally Vote Twice

President Donald Trump had yet another tweet flagged by Twitter on Saturday morning after he again encouraged voters in North Carolina to vote twice.

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Voting twice – and telling people to do so – are both felonies.

“NORTH CAROLINA: To make sure your Ballot COUNTS, sign & send it in EARLY. When Polls open, go to your Polling Place to see if it was COUNTED. IF NOT, VOTE,” the president wrote. “Your signed Ballot will not count because your vote has been posted. Don’t let them illegally take your vote away from you!”

Although the tweet has not been deleted, Twitter hid it because it violated the site’s civic and election integrity rules.

“We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy, specifically for encouraging people to potentially vote twice,” Twitter wote. “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

“Voting twice in North Carolina is illegal,” Twitter continued, linking to a September 3 statement from North Carolina State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell:

It is illegal to vote twice in an election. N.C.G.S. § 163-275(7) makes it a Class I felony for a voter, “with intent to commit a fraud to register or vote at more than one precinct or more than one time…in the same primary or election.” Attempting to vote twice in an election or soliciting someone to do so also is a violation of North Carolina law.

“To protect people on Twitter, we err on the side of limiting the circulation of Tweets which advise people to take actions which could be illegal in the context of voting or result in the invalidation of their votes.”

Twitter maintains that it is in the public’s interest to see what the president is posting, but has limited users’ access to certain functions.

“Per our policies, this Tweet will remain on the service given its relevance to the ongoing public conversation,” the platform wrote. “Engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but not Like, Reply, or Retweet it.”

 

Trump has been waging a war against mail-in voting for months, falsely claiming that it is wrought with fraud.

Last week, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said she would hold Trump legally responsible for crimes committed at the ballot box at Trump’s behest.

But for millions of Americans, the coronavirus pandemic has rendered voting by mail as the only safe way to cast a ballot. As of today, there are nearly 6.5 million recorded cases and 193,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.

Twitter began flagging Trump’s tweets in May after he encouraged his supporters to shoot peaceful protesters.



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