The Mail-In Ballot Collection

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The ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic means voting by mail will play a key role in the 2020 general election.

  • Published 17 August 2020
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As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, voting by mail in the U.S. will play a significant role in the 2020 general election on Nov. 3, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump has attacked mail-in voting, stating that it is beset by widespread fraud, a claim that is without evidence. Perhaps inevitably, the topic of voting by mail quickly became the subject of misinformation and rumors. Here’s a glimpse into what we’ve fact-checked.

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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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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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  • Mostly False
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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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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 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 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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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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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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Do Mail-In Ballots Require Extra Postage? If you're submitting a ballot by mail, you might need additional postage (and the directions...
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Could the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Be Postponed? Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night — nor a pandemic —...
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