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Vote-by-mail debate raises fears of election disinformation

Vote-by-mail debate raises fears of election disinformation
Posted at 12:46 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 12:46:36-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly partisan debate unfolding on whether more Americans should cast their votes through the mail during a pandemic is provoking online disinformation and conspiracy theories that could undermine trust in the results.

Democrats are pushing for states to transition to more mail-in voting for the general election in November, arguing it's necessary to keep voters safe from the coronavirus.

Republicans, including President Donald Trump, insist mail-in voting will be ripe for fraud.

That's fueling a new crop of conspiracy theories online, where national security officials and experts fear such a divisive issue could become the center of disinformation campaigns ahead of this year's election.