President Donald Trump, who has claimed without proof that voting by mail will lead to widespread fraud, on Wednesday appeared to encourage voters in North Carolina to try voting twice — by absentee and in person.

Intentionally voting twice is a felony, a state elections spokesman told the New York Times.

In an interview with WECT in Wilmington, said if system is working properly, then it should prevent someone from voting more than once. The comment was in response to the fact that nearly 600,000 North Carolinians have asked for an absentee ballot — the vast majority of which have been requested by Democrats and unaffiliated voters.

“They will vote and then they are going to have to check their vote by going to the poll and voting that way because if it tabulates then they won’t be able to do that. So, let them send it in and let them go vote,” Trump said. “And if the system is as good as they say it is, then they obviously won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they will be able to vote. So that’s the way it is, and that’s what they should do.”

“But send your ballots, send them in strong, whether it’s solicited or unsolicited. The absentees are fine. But go to vote and if they haven’t counted it, you can vote. That’s the way I view it,” Trump said.

Patrick Gannon, a spokesman for the North Carolina State Board of Elections, told the New York Times that systems are in place to prevent double voting. Gannon said if a person’s absentee ballot is already in and they go to the polls on Nov. 3, poll workers will see they have already voted. And if a person votes at the polls and their absentee ballot arrives later, the absentee won’t be counted.

“Intentional willful double voting is a felony,” Gannon said. #WakeUpCLT



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