Will Trump Try to Disenfranchise Votes of the Military, U.S. Citizens Abroad?

Donald Trump and his minions spent much of Wednesday afternoon tweeting and holding news conferences outlining the myriad legal challenges they intend to mount to contest the results of the presidential election. Without legal standing, in a tweet Trump “claimed” victory in Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina. Twitter didn’t agree and immediately flagged it.

Trump also has said he’s demanding a recount in Wisconsin and is challenging results in Michigan, both of which are now counted in former Vice President Joe Biden’s column.

All of that could be moot, however, once absentee ballots from military personnel and U.S. citizens overseas are counted. Overall in 2016, there were 252,574 military absentee ballots counted by all the states; and 382,896 absentee ballots from U.S. citizens overseas, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Trump’s aggressive legal posture of challenging votes not counted on Nov. 3rd has many wondering if he’ll try to sweep the military and citizens abroad vote under a White House rug.

In battleground, still undecided states the numbers are significant and could alter state vote totals. Pennsylvania counted more than 22,000 ballots in 2016 coming from citizens either living abroad or stationed overseas in the military. In North Carolina in 2016, 17,201 military and civilian absentee ballots were counted. Georgia and Nevada had similarly large numbers of ballots to be counted.


States have various deadlines for when a ballot can be received to be counted. North Carolina is the latest – Nov. 12.

In 29 states and the District of Columbia, their laws and rules allow election officials to count ballots that arrive after the polls close from military, their family members, and U.S. citizens overseas, according to an analysis conducted for the Count Every Hero campaign.

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