The 2020 Election Collection: Mail-in Voting

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The U.S. has seen a massive surge of disinformation about mail-in voting. Snopes is here to check the claims.

  • Published 25 September 2020
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Mail-in ballots, a staple of American elections, have been in the spotlight this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings. And with renewed focus on mail-in voting has come a mountain of misinformation. We’ve collected Snopes fact checks about mail-in voting and early voting here.

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Voting By Mail? Double-Check Your State’s Deadlines Right Now The U.S. Postal Service warned that, if you’re voting by mail, waiting until the deadline...
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The Mail-In Ballot Collection The ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic means voting by mail will play a key role in...
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Do Mail-In Ballots Increase Risk of Voter Fraud? U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly made the claim as states scrambled to establish new elections...
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Did USPS Tell Americans to Send Mail-In Ballots 2 Weeks in Advance? The USPS does recommend requesting ballots at least 15 days in advance and mailing them...
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Is USPS Purposefully Slowing Mail To Help Reelect Trump? U.S. Postal Service workers nationwide reported backlogs of letters and packages in summer 2020. But...
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Did a Pennsylvania Voter Receive Two Usable Ballots? "Even if a person receives multiple ballots, only one return ballot can be counted," according...
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Did US Only Have 143 Absentee-Ballot Fraud Convictions Over 20 Years? However you slice these numbers, documented examples of such fraud appear to be rare.
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Is Amazon Offering Free 1-Day Shipping for Ballots? A routine review of content labeled satire.
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Was an Indiana Woman Arrested on Suspicion of Voter Fraud in 2020? While both are election crimes, there is a difference between modifying mail-in ballots and modifying...
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Did 28 Million Mail-In Ballots Go ‘Missing’ in Last Four Elections? "Conflating voters choosing not to cast their ballot with 'missing' ballots is a fundamental flaw,"...
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Were 83 Ballots Fraudulently Mailed to One Calif. Home? Social media posts in May 2020 claimed the incident was an example of the ballot-casting...
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Has President Trump Ever Voted by Mail? As Trump criticized voting by mail, some social media users shined a light on the...
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Department of Justice Says Efforts to Stop Voter Fraud Are Illegal? The DOJ issued a statement saying that voter intimidation is against federal law, not that...
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Did Texas Discover 58,000 Cases of Voter Fraud by Non-Citizens? "Any illegal vote deprives Americans of their voice."
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Were 20,000 Fake IDs Seized at Chicago Airport Part of a Voter-Fraud Scheme? Fake driver’s licenses grabbed by customs officials since early 2020 became subjects of voting-related rumors.
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Were USPS Mailboxes Removed in Oregon? The number of U.S. Postal Service collection boxes overall has fallen by at least 60%...
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Did Trump Call USPS ‘Most Corrupt and Anti-American Way of Voting’? The U.S. president has expressed many (and varied) feelings about mail-in voting.
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The 2020 Election Collection: Fact-Checking the Presidential Race Claims, hoaxes, and misinformation abound. Snopes investigates the claims of the 2020 U.S. Election.
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