To the Editor:

President Trump says mail in voting will cause a lot of voter fraud. He is 100% wrong. After being questioned about absentee voting which he has done numerous times, he said it is different and that is OK. They are exactly the same. After working in a county Board of Elections office, I can tell you that absentee voting is very secure with many safeguards. The only difference with mail in voting vs absentee voting is that there would be many more paper ballots to be counted if the majority of the voters vote by mail. The same scrutiny would apply to all to ensure they are legitimate.

Oregon has had all mail in voting for 20 years. They have no polling places and it works just fine. Several other states mostly in the west are now doing it too.

Trump says there would be millions of ballots coming from overseas! That is impossible. The ballot you vote on for president also has state and local races on it. So ballots are different all over the country making mass ballots coming from overseas a joke. Each ballot received in the mail at the local Board of Elections has to be shown to belong to a local voter.

Mail in voting especially during a pandemic is certain to increase voter participation which is certainly a good thing. But now Trump is threatening the Post Office! He wants to slow mail delivery! This is outrageous.

Trump won the electoral college in 2016 but Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million votes! That buggedTrump so much that Hillary won the popular vote that he claimed many people voted more than once! He said Massachusetts voters voted in MA and then went by the bus loads to New Hampshire to vote there! New Hampshire officials said that is preposterous and did not happen. Trump said that people would go in and vote. Then they go out to the car and change their shirt and go back in and vote again! This is so laughable. No one in their right mind thinks this is possible.

The Washington Post says Trump has lied 20,000 times since becoming president. Does he know these are lies or is he so delusional that he thinks he is telling the truth? Either way if he gets re-elected he will destroy the greatest democracy the world has ever known.

Larry Peterson
Waterloo, NY
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Trump asked if he could pardon himself!