Pence Encourages America To Vote Absentee But Not By Mail Somehow

President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP v... President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS

Vice President Mike Pence bizarrely encouraged Americans to apply to vote absentee while also railing against mail-in voting on Monday night even though 1) they’re functionally the same thing and 2) President Donald Trump has attacked states for making it easier to apply for absentee ballots amid COVID-19.

“Absentee balloting is perfectly acceptable,” Pence declared during an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

The vice president described how those who wish to vote absentee “have to apply for an absentee ballot,” “signatures are checked,” and the ballots are “confirmed”–aka processes that mail-in ballots also go through for verification.

“And we want to encourage any American that is not able to go to the polling place for any reason to apply for an absentee ballot today,” Pence said.

“But this universal mail-in voting, where you’re going to see literally ballots showered all across the state, is ripe for fraud,” he added, peddling a false claim that has been thoroughly debunked by election officials and voting experts alike. “And we are headed straight to the courts to put a stop to it.”

Yet Trump’s fixation on delegitimizing states’ vote-by-mail initiatives includes attacks against state election officials who have sent registered voters applications to vote absentee, which both necessarily requires people to vote by mail and also eases the process of applying for an absentee ballot–the very thing Pence is encouraging “any American” to do.

Watch Pence below:

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriter:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: