Vote-by-mail debate raises fears of election disinformation
FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo wearing gloves, a King County Election worker collect ballots from a drop box in the Washington State primary in Seattle. Washington is a vote by mail state. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Democrats are now much more likely than Republicans to support their state conducting elections exclusively by mail, 47% to 29%. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)
The Associated Press
Posted at 11:46 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated2020-05-05 12:46:36-04
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly partisan debate unfolding on whether more Americans should cast their votes through the mail during a pandemic is provoking online disinformation and conspiracy theories that could undermine trust in the results.
Democrats are pushing for states to transition to more mail-in voting for the general election in November, arguing it's necessary to keep voters safe from the coronavirus.
Republicans, including President Donald Trump, insist mail-in voting will be ripe for fraud.
That's fueling a new crop of conspiracy theories online, where national security officials and experts fear such a divisive issue could become the center of disinformation campaigns ahead of this year's election.
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