- Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale, who he first hired in 2015, didn’t vote for Trump in the 2016 election, according to election records.
- Parscale told CBS News he didn’t vote at all because he missed the deadline for an absentee ballot.
- The election records show Parscale applied for his absentee ballot two weeks before Election Day.
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Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign manager, didn’t vote for Trump in the 2016 election, according to election records CBS News obtained.
The records, which came from the Bexar County, Texas election department, showed that Parscale didn’t vote at all in the 2016 general election. Parscale voted in the 2016 primary, 2012 federal election, and 2018 federal election.
Parscale told CBS News he didn’t vote in the 2016 general election because he missed the Texas absentee ballot deadline. He applied for his absentee ballot two weeks before Election Day, according to the election records.
“In 2016, I was in New York working to elect Donald Trump and encountered a series of problems receiving my absentee ballot from Texas and missed the deadline,” Parscale said. “Just further proof that vote-by-mail is not the flawless solution Democrats and the media pretend it is.”
Like Parscale, Trump opposes a vote-by-mail system, though he voted by mail for Florida’s 2020 primary elections.
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
In a May 26 tweet, Trump said mail-in ballots would increase voting fraud soon after California officials were looking into a bill that, if passed, would require all registered voters in the state receive mail-in ballots.
“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Parscale has filed lawsuits on behalf of Trump’s re-election campaign to stop vote-by-mail initiatives that would make the system more widespread.
In a June 19 interview with Politico, Trump said losing these lawsuits would be his “biggest risk” for losing the 2020 presidential election.
According to an analysis by The Washington Post, vote-by-mail cases of fraud are “minuscule.“
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