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The chairman of the Federal Election Commission echoed criticisms by President Trump and other prominent Republicans of the expansion of mail-in voting in the fall, saying states that send mail ballots to “anybody and everybody” would “cause mass confusion,” according to comments he made during a recent interview.
Trainor said that while voting by mail has existed for many decades, “this wholesale of just mailing out ballots to anybody and everybody — I think is going to cause mass confusion as we get towards Election Day.” Trump has used similar rhetoric about the expansion of mail voting.
During the interview, Trainor referenced how the expansion of mail voting could confuse voters in his home state of Texas. However, Texas maintains strict limits on who can vote by mail.
He warned that in Texas, “if you were to receive a ballot in the mail that you didn’t ask for, you’re going to get on a list that says you have a ballot in your hands. And if you go to show up on Election Day to vote, they’re not going to let you vote because they think you have a ballot in yours hands.”
Trainor then said voters would need to go to their county clerk’s office to surrender their mail ballots to vote in person — a “rigorous process” that would slow down voters on Election Day and create “mass chaos.”
Though Trainor used this example to illustrate his concerns with states that have universal mail-in voting — which is available in a handful ...
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