Opinion: Trump and Barr make baseless and harmful claims about mail-in ballot fraud

Why are Barr and Trump trying to sow doubts about absentee voting? The answer is that Trump has expressed nakedly partisan reasons for opposing absentee voting. Evidence of voter fraud in general is extremely rare, and that is true of absentee balloting too. In both 2016 and 2018, approximately 25 percent of U.S. voters cast mail ballots. Justin Levitt, an election law expert at Loyola Law School, reviewed U.S. elections between 2000-2014 and found just 31 instances of voter fraud over a period when over 1 billion votes were cast.

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