Courtesy of HuffPo:

President Donald Trump once again told Americans to vote twice during a rally in Pennsylvania, his latest effort to undermine an expected surge in mail-in ballots this November.

Speaking to a crowd at a nearly two-hour rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the president criticized efforts to keep voters safe during the election amid ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 6 million people in the U.S.

“These mail-in ballots are a disgrace, and they know it,” Trump said Thursday of states that have extended absentee voting provisions. He went on to urge members of the crowd to send in their absentee ballots, then suggested they vote again in person and leave it up to election officials to weed out the duplicates.

“What you have to do is send in your early ballot and then go and make sure that ballot is tabulated or counted, and if it’s not counted, vote,” he said. “And then they have the job, if it comes in late, or if it’s not too late, they have the job of making sure that it’s not counted.”

Voter fraud is extremely rare in the United States, despite Trump’s claims.

The White House went on the defense this week, however, saying the president was not encouraging voters to cast ballots twice, just to ensure the ones they had cast were counted.

“The president is not suggesting anyone do anything unlawful,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News. “What he said very clearly there is make sure your vote is tabulated, and if it is not, then vote.”

The problem with checking to see if your mail-in vote was tabulated is that in a number of states the poll workers will not have access to that information.

And besides that, if you only voted a few days or a week earlier that information may not be in the system even if the poll workers DO have that information at their fingertips. 

However in virtually all cases if two ballots are received with your name, that is considered voter fraud and you may be fined of face time in prison. 

Donald Trump does not care that his people might be arrested, he simply wants to sow as much confusion on election day as possible. 

His entire plan is to slow down the count, declare himself the winner on election eve, and then start yelling “fraud” when the other ballots start arriving and it becomes clear he lost. 

That is why I personally have decided to either vote early at a polling location or fill out my mail-in ballot and drop it in dropbox. 

All I know for sure is that my vote is damn well going to be counted, whether it helps change how Alaska votes or not. 

And let’s face it, it won’t.