It's not until election day, but did you know millions of Americans have already voted? 2020 has seen more use of "postal voting", largely due to the coronavirus. However, Donald Trump and Joe Biden fiercely disagree on how reliable it is. Find out all about it in the video below.
Could postal voting hurt Donald Trump's campaign?
Donald Trump has constantly argued against postal voting, saying: "Mail-in ballots are very dangerous - there's tremendous fraud involved". He seems to be afraid that postal voting would lead to inaccurate results causing him to lose the election. However, there is very little evidence for fraud. He also claimed that if everyone did it, it would be "catastrophic... it's going to make our country the laughing stock of the world....the problem with the mail-in voting, number one, is you're never going to know when the election is over." Read more here. He also seems to be trailing in the postal votes - for example, Florida releases results as they come in and a week before the election, showed over 300,000 more votes for Joe Biden than Donald Trump.
Could postal voting hurt Joe Biden's campaign?
According to a poll seen by The Guardian, 47% of Biden voters planned to vote by mail, compared with just 11% of Trump supporters.). Thomas Edsell, a journalist from the New York Times, has said this could be important because mailed vote ballots (the forms) have a higher rate of rejection. Crucial swing states like Pennsylvania have a law that says if a ballot arrives without the required "secrecy envelope" it must be thrown it, and it is "naked ballots" like this which could mean Joe Biden doesn't get his votes counted. This is not certain to affect the outcome of the election, but it is something the Democrats seem to be concerned about. Read more here!
Can you answer these questions?
- What are the benefits of voting by mail?
- What are the risks of voting by mail?
- Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested voting by mail could lead to fraud and inaccurate results. There is little evidence for this, however (click this link to read more!) If there's little evidence, why do you think he might be saying it?
- Who has greater responsibility to provide evidence - people saying voting by mail could be fraudulent, or those saying it is safe?