John Oliver debunks Trump’s claim that voting by mail leads to ‘massive fraud’


The concept of voting by mail is probably something you’ve heard quite a bit about recently. Most likely from the president, who keeps banging on about it on Twitter in big, shouty all-caps.

But does voting by mail actually lead to the “massive fraud” he’s suggesting it does? Here to break it all down is John Oliver — whose monologue above suggests that while the system is flawed, it’s still ultimately a crucial part of American democracy which results in “very rare” (think 0.002 percent) cases of illegal votes being cast.

“I am not saying that voting by mail is perfect,” Oliver explains. “Mail ballots are rejected at a higher rate than those cast in person. And it doesn’t work for all communities — some people with disabilities need to go to an in-person voting place for help casting ballots, and places like Native American reservations and remote Alaskan villages may have unreliable postal service. Read more…

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