Voting Rights and Democracy

Fact check: All mailed ballots — called ‘absentee’ and not — require voter verification

Claim: Absentee ballots and mail-in ballots are not the same; absentee requires proof of identity, mail-in doesn’t.

As COVID-19 cases continue to spread across the country, many voters are preparing to cast ballots by mail in the general election. But misinformation about voting, both online and straight from the mouths of politicians, is making some Americans second guess the process.

“Do you know the difference between mail-in ballot vs. absentee ballot? Absentee ballot REQUIRES you to prove who you are! Mail-in DOES NOT!” a post on Facebook reads.

The claim echoes those made by President Donald Trump, who has alleged that absentee voting and mail-in voting are different — and that one is more vulnerable to fraud than the other.

The person who wrote the Facebook post did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

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