Supporters of Donald Trump — and viewers of Fox News, especially — have continued to believe in the notion of widespread voter fraud even though Trump’s own FBI director has suggested there is little evidence of it. Additionally, bipartisan groups have also continued to find little evidence of voter fraud, save for a few dozen cases over the years. But Trump and Fox News continue to roll out new “evidence” of this non-existent phenomenon.
In fact, a new Trump Administration lawsuit used Philadelphia resident and lawyer Adam Goodman’s selfie to suggest that voter fraud is pervasive in Pennsylvania. Trump has also set up cameras at many dropboxes, which is tantamount to intimidation and may be against the law. Why was Goodman’s photo “evidence” of voter fraud? Because there were two ballots when he dropped them off during primary season.
But it’s not illegal to drop off more than one vote — because you’re allowed to drop off another person’s vote if you’re unable to do it yourself. With coronavirus still a huge issue during this election, it’s not surprising that people might be more inclined to appoint a surrogate.
Goodman said his husband “was wearing sweatpants and didn’t think he looked cute enough for Instagram. You can’t see it in the photo, but we are actually both holding up the ballots.”
Court documents described many images of one person dropping off more than one vote as evidence of “rampant problems and associated fraud in Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary election” and that they “undermine the integrity of the 2020 general election.”
Goodman said, “God forbid the election becomes contested. I am going to vote in person. We have our ballots, and we are going to surrender them on Election Day and vote at the polls. It’s crazy to me the lengths that this administration is going to in order to discredit the results of this election. I mean, my Instagram?”
The Trump Administration certainly knows that these pictures do not amount to evidence of voter fraud — but then again, that may not be the point. Sometimes, public opinion matters more.