With the first night of debates between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden finally starting, the 2020 presidential election is getting stuck. Before Election Day, the Daily Show host Trevor Noah took time to brief viewers on how to ensure their votes count for the general election.
The mail-in voting system is far from perfect, Noah said Tuesday night, but it’s one way Americans can ensure they are doing their civic duties while being protected from COVID-19 exposure.
“That doesn’t mean America has no problems with mail-in voting at all, it’s not a scam,” he said, contradicting Trump’s multiple claims that mail-in votes caused election fraud. He went on to say that voters should be careful about “all the little things that your vote may throw out”.
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His segment then posted clips of news reporting that simple human errors were the cause of invalid votes. From voters who don’t read instructions carefully or forget to sign their ballot papers, there are many simple but dangerous reasons why votes aren’t counted the way they should be.
It is not only the citizens to blame, however, but also the government.
Noah also pointed out that local governments had sent voters false information and ballots to vote on, which created confusion and eventually lost votes.
“Man, can you imagine your vote not counting because the government messed up your ballot? So we have to vote for a better government, but you can’t say they messed up your ballot, ”he said. “It’s the perfect crime.”
While it is understandable to feel a little apprehensive after hearing about the mistakes that can make in postal voting on the part of voters and governments alike, Noah assured viewers that with the right precautions, their votes will count.
He urged those affected, if possible and if possible, to vote personally at an early stage. The Daily Show segment ended with the show staff including Jaboukie Young-White and Dulce Sloan explaining the pros and cons of mail-in voting.
Check out the full segment of the Daily Show above.