State Elections Board Responds To Trump's Comments On Voting Twice

State Elections Board Responds To Trump's Comments On Voting Twice

4:13pm Sep 03, 2020
KERI BROWN/WFDD

The North Carolina Board of Elections is responding to President Donald Trump’s comments he made earlier this week about voting twice to test the mail-in system.

The State Board of Elections says it’s illegal to vote twice in an election. It’s considered a Class I felony. Director Karen Brinson Bell included that information in a letter to voters

If you cast your ballot by mail and show up in person on November 3rd, you will be marked as already having voted in the poll books.

Tim Tsujii with the Forsyth County Board of Elections says there are a few ways voters can check on their absentee ballot without leaving home.

“Absentee voters will have the ability to go online either on the Forsyth County Board of Elections website or the State Board of Elections website to track the status of their absentee ballot,” he says. “But you can also certainly call the Board of Elections office as well.”

If you request an absentee ballot and change your mind and want to vote in person, you can do that. Tsujii says don’t send the ballot back and make sure you discard it safely.

President Trump later tried to clarify his previous remarks, saying people who vote early by mail should show up at polling places and vote again if their ballots haven’t been counted.

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