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Trump suggests people in N.C. break the law and vote twice to test mail-in system

President Trump suggested during a visit to North Carolina that people should vote once by mail and again in person during the election.

What he's saying: "Let them send it in and let them go vote and if their system's as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote," he said. "If it isn't tabulated, they'll be able to vote. And that’s what they should do."


Our thought bubble, via Axios' Margaret Talev: North Carolina is a key battleground state. Trump won it in 2016, but the latest Real Clear Politics polling average shows the state up for grabs.

  • Trump's comments have shock value not only because he is a sitting president encouraging Americans to violate the law but because Trump himself has made such a talking point out of his fears that mail-in voting could be susceptible to fraud.

New Trump campaign statement from @TimMurtaugh on the president’s suggestion today that people who vote by mail in North Carolina “send it in and let them go vote” and “if it isn’t tabulated, they will be able to vote.” pic.twitter.com/uiXRDRemyL

— Monica Alba (@albamonica) September 3, 2020

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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