FEC commissioner refutes Trump's voter fraud claims
Federal Election Commission commissioner Ellen Weintraub posted an extensive fact-checking thread to Twitter late Wednesday debunking claims by President Trump and some Republicans that mail-in voting can lead to fraud.
Why it matters: Weintraub weighed in after Trump threatened to take action against Twitter for fact-checking him on his earlier unsubstantiated posts claiming mail-in ballots in November's election would be fraudulent, and she directly addressed Twitter's action against the president in her post.
What she's saying: "U.S. citizens will vote by mail this year in record numbers. In the face of a global health emergency, election officials across the country from both parties are working heroically to ensure that voting by mail is accurate, accessible, safe & secure," she tweeted.
- "There's simply no basis for the conspiracy theory that voting by mail causes fraud. None."
The big picture: Weintraub's comments come as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told news outlets including Axios that President Trump planned to sign an executive order aimed at social media companies on Thursday.
- Trump accused Twitter of interfering in November's elections by fact-checking him.
- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey clarified on the microblogging site Wednesday night that the firm fact-checked Trump's tweets amid concern they "may mislead people into thinking they don't need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots)."
- Trump and some Republicans have repeatedly railed against states that have announced plans to expand voting-by-mail options during the coronavirus pandemic, casting doubt on the reliability of the system.
Of note: Weintraub recommended in March that Americans should vote in the general election by mail if physically going to the polls remained unsafe because of the threat of the novel coronavirus.
- Last year, Weintraub told CNN there was "no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016 or really in any previous election," despite Trump's claims.
- Weintraub said at the time such statements from the president can cause "people to lose faith" and "to question the results." She also sent him a letter asking him "to provide any evidence" that could prove his claims.
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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.