- Vice President Mike Pence and his wife mailed in their ballots for Indiana's June GOP primary, according to a copy of the state's voter files obtained by Insider.
- Mike and Karen Pence used the address of the Indiana governor's mansion, which they moved out of in December 2016 as they transitioned to their new 真人百家家乐网站home in Washington, DC.
- It's not illegal for the Pences to vote using their previous address, but it does undercut President Donald Trump's argument that mail-in ballots can lead to a rigged election.
- Several other Trump officials have also used mail-in ballots, including the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany; Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale; and the president himself.
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Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence voted by mail for this month's Indiana Republican primary using a 真人百家家乐网站home address that they haven't lived at for nearly four years, Insider has learned.
The Pences cast their mail-in ballot on April 13, listing the Indiana governor's mansion as their residence, according to a copy of the state's voter files.
The second couple moved out of their taxpayer-funded house in Indianapolis at the end of 2016 as they prepared to move to Washington, DC, but they remain registered to vote at their most recent address, along with the state's current Republican governor, Eric Holcomb.
While legal experts say there's nothing illegal about the vice president and his wife using their old address to vote, their reliance on mail-in ballots undercuts a central argument President Donald Trump has made as he crusades against expanded absentee voting for the 2020 general election.
"Unless the Pences decided to reregister in DC, their registration in Indiana is perfectly valid, assuming they comply with the state's requirements and weren't purged from the rolls for some reason," said Kim Wehle, a University of Baltimore law-school professor and the of "What You Need to Know About Voting and Why," which was published earlier this month.
"What this shows is that Trump's claim that voting by mail is rife with fraud is simply not borne out by the facts," she added.
A spokesman for Pence, Devin O'Malley, noted that the Indiana Constitution allows for elected officials, like Pence, to vote absentee while serving in an official capacity. O'Malley said Pence's lawyers previously reviewed the issue for him and determined that since the Pences did not own any 真人百家家乐网站homes in Indiana or Washington, the governor's mansion was fine for complying with state law.
Trump has railed against mail-in ballots during his presidency, but his unsubstantiated complaints have only escalated during the coronavirus pandemic as his poll numbers in key battlegrounds sag and as states struggle to find ways to allow residents to vote without risking getting sick with the deadly virus.
"Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history - unless this stupidity is ended," the president tweeted on Monday. "We voted during World War One & World War Two with no problem, but now they are using Covid in order to cheat by using Mail-Ins!"
The vice president and his wife aren't the only ones in Trump's circle to use the very voting technique the president has questioned. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, voted 11 times by mail over the past decade, the Tampa Bay Times reported in May. And CBS News last week obtained Texas election records showing that Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, submitted his 2018 vote by mail.
Trump himself also voted by mail during Florida's GOP primary in March after changing his permanent residence from Trump Tower in New York to his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach. The president needed two tries to register to vote in the Sunshine State — he initially listed the White House as his legal residence, which would have put him in violation of state law, The Washington Post reported.
Indiana and the Pences have a long history with Trump's allegations of voter fraud. After the 2016 election, Trump tasked Pence with finding 3 million voters he claimed committed fraud. The now disbanded task force charged with investigating the allegations was led by Indiana's secretary of state, Connie Lawson.
Lawson got her job because the previous secretary of state, Charlie White, a Republican, was convicted of voting illegally from an old residence in suburban Indianapolis.