Right-wing media are trying to scare you into voting in person during a pandemic - 2020-05-22

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F0.png Right-wing media are trying to scare you into voting in person during a pandemic May 22, 2020, Casey Wexler, Media Matters

As the coronavirus pandemic is making traditional in-person voting at crowded polling locations into a public health risk, some state election officials and House Democrats have taken steps to expand mail-in ballots, a plan that would take funding and preparation but which could successfully minimize the dangers. But right-wing media personalities are still arguing for in-person voting during the crisis, unleashing a series of attacks on vote by mail efforts -- the latest evolution in a longstanding pattern of right-wing media fearmongering against increased access to voting and common-sense election reforms.

Right-wing outlets have a history of pushing misinformation about voter fraud and promoting methods of voter suppression, including purging voter rolls and voter ID laws. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have continued this pattern by claiming that extending mail-in ballots to all registered voters will result in widespread fraud; arguing that Democrats will intensify this problem through the practice of ballot harvesting; and claiming that the only way to cast a ballot safely and securely is to vote in person amid a public health crisis.

False claim: Allowing people to vote by mail poses a high risk of fraud

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{{cite news | first = Casey | last = Wexler | title = Right-wing media are trying to scare you into voting in person during a pandemic | url = https://www.mediamatters.org/voter-fraud-and-suppression/right-wing-media-are-trying-scare-you-voting-person-during-pandemic | work = Media Matters | date = May 22, 2020 | accessdate = May 25, 2020 }}