The “Access to Hollywood” segment, filmed when Trump tried to vote in the 2004 election, shows Trump along with TV presenter Billy Bush, who visits multiple polling stations in New York. However, Trump is blocked from voting anywhere because he is not on any of the voter lists at each station.
Trump can be seen becoming increasingly frustrated before declaring, “I’m going to fill out the missing ballot.”
The segment ends with Trump filling in what Bush describes as a temporary vote in his car.
“I just voted,” Trump said. – At least you can say that Trump is not giving up.
The 16-year-old video spread on social media and gained new attention after the president̵
7;s ongoing attacks against mail voting.
Those attacks, which often take on a guerrilla tinge because the president said he believed his party would be hurt by a postal vote, escalated Thursday to the point that Trump is floating by delaying the election – something he can’t legally do.
“With universal mail voting (and not for absence, which is good), 2020 will be the most inaccurate and violent election in history. It will be a big mess for the United States,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. “Delaying the elections until people can vote correctly, safely and securely ???”
During a press conference later in the day, Trump was asked to explain his motivations. He initially suggested that he was trying to avoid a counting process that could take days or weeks if a large number of voters cast their ballots in the mail. But in the end, he acknowledged that his allegations could cast doubt on any November outcome.
“What people are looking at now is … whether all these stories are correct about the fact that these elections will be fake, they will be fixed, falsified,” he said.
“Everyone’s watching,” Trump added. “A lot of people say it’s probably going to happen.”
In fact, there is no evidence that postal voting leads to fraud. Although there are rare cases of voter fraud by mail-order ballots, this is not close to a widespread problem in the US electoral system. The most recent example of fraud by mail-order ballots occurred in the 2018 midterm elections in a race in which a North Carolina GOP activist was charged with multiple crimes in connection with a suspiciously absent ballot in a congressional race on behalf of the Republican candidate,
Mail fraud is extremely rare in part, as countries have systems and processes in place to prevent fraud, theft and voter fraud. These systems will apply to both absent ballots and postal ballots for voters in the country.
In addition, the president’s distinction between postal voting and absentee voting has puzzled experts, who say these voting systems are one and the same thing.
“Voting without an apology by mail or absentee voting – whatever you call it – is essentially the same thing,” David Becker, founder of the non-partisan Center for Electoral Innovation and Research, told CNN some time ago. “You want the ballot, you get the ballot, you vote, you send it, and there are protections. It doesn’t matter if you call it postal voting or absentee voting. It’s the same thing.”
Marshall Cohen, Tara Subramanam, Holmes Librand, Kevin Liptak and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.