Mike Pence Reportedly Voted Via 'Rigged' Mail System, Joining Other Officials (And Trump)
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife reportedly voted in April with an election system that President Donald Trump classified as corrupt - mail-in voting.
Pence, whose voting results were released on Monday by Business Insider, joins a long list of White House campaign officials and Trump, as well as members of the Trump family who have voted in the mail. This includes the President, who criticized postal ballot papers as "scandal of our time" on Monday!
According to insiders, Pence and his wife Karen Pence used the address of the Indiana governor's mansion for their postal votes. The couple have not lived there for four years since Pence left the governor's office in 2016. It is not illegal to use an earlier address unless you also register in Washington, DC.
The news comes when Trump said Monday that "millions of postal ballot papers will be printed from abroad" and that the 2020 election will be "RIGGED".
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Some critics have accused the President of attacking what he thought would be a Plan B ballot when he was elected from the White House. They are convinced that he would void the election and refuse to leave the White House.
"I think this is a setup, I think they will lose the election," New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D) said on CNN Monday.
"I think they're going to claim fraud, and they're going to return to those states with the mail-in vote, and they're going to use that as an argument." I just hope they don't. "(Watch the video above.)
Trump initially claimed that ballot papers were stolen from mailboxes on a large scale. Now he insists that foreign nations send fake ballots. He has provided no evidence to support either of the two claims.
The state's attestation records indicate that Attorney General William Barr also voted by post in 2012 and 2019, the Washington Post reported.
But on Monday, Barr said twice in Fox News that mail-in polls would open the "locks of potential fraud" for other Americans. He also claimed that abroad could print tens of thousands of counterfeit ballots.
Trump has absenteeised at least three times - in the 2017 mayoral election in New York City, in the midterm election in 2018 and in the Florida primaries in 2020.
First Lady Melania Trump, Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner tried to cast postal votes in the 2017 mayoral election. But their votes were not counted. The first lady forgot to sign her ballot, the first daughter missed the deadline, and Kushner did not send his back back, the New York Daily News reported at the time.
The White House adviser, Kellyanne Conway, also used the post to vote - and the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, voted by post eleven times in 10 years, the Tampa Bay Times reported. According to a HuffPost investigation, both McEnany and Trump may have voted by post illegally because they used addresses that were not their actual homes.
Education minister Betsy DeVos and Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale also voted in the mail, The Associated Press reported on Monday.
According to the AP, DeVos has permanent voting rights in the absence. Parscale skipped voting in the 2016 general election when Trump ran for the presidency for missing the postal voting deadline, he told CBS News.
"These are people exercising their right to vote absently - which is perfectly legal," Trevor Potter, president of the Center for Impartial Campaigns, told AP. "But they don't want others to do the same."
The Pence office did not immediately return HuffPost's request to comment on its use of postal ballot papers. Spokesman Devin O’Malley told Business Insider that the Indiana Constitution allows elected officials to vote by postal vote while serving in an official capacity.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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