Bradley K. Sherman
2020-09-04 01:27:59 UTC
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump escalated his efforts to
cast doubt on the integrity of the voting process, outright
encouraging supporters to vote twice in a test of election
security -- which would be illegal.
In his latest assault on mail-in balloting, Trump on Wednesday
suggested North Carolinians should try to vote in-person even
after casting mail-in ballots. Election authorities responded
Thursday by pointing out that trying to vote more than once
breaches state law and that it is a felony for a voter to intend
to commit fraud by casting more than one ballot.
"It is illegal to vote twice in an election," Karen Brinson
Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of
Elections, said in a message to voters.
"Attempting to vote twice in an election or soliciting someone
to do so also is a violation of North Carolina law."
Trump's North Carolina furor was just one recent example of the
administration apparently seeking to tilt the electoral playing
Previously, it emerged that his Department of Homeland Security
withheld an intelligence bulletin warning of a Russian plot to
spread misinformation about Joe Biden's health, which mirrored
the President's own attacks. The report, first revealed by ABC
News, followed the Director of National Intelligence's decision
to stop in-person lawmaker briefings about election interference
-- a move Democrats say could shield foreign actors who want to