Please, only vote once; twice in the same election is a crime
9/10/2020, 6 p.m.
I should not have to write this, but as an attorney I feel an obligation to inform those of your readers who might be taking the suggestions of President Trump seriously.
You know who they are. They are ones who believe him when he states he is truly smart. These are the people who, at Mr. Trump’s suggestion, engaged in disinfectant enemas or swal- lowed ultraviolet lights to cure COVID-19. They might believe that Frederick Douglass is still alive and doing a “great job.”
No. Seriously. Voting more than one time in a single elec- tion is a criminal violation. 52 United States Code §10307(e) establishes this act to be a crime, punishable with a fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both fine and imprisonment.
As always, please feel free to fact-check my assertions. It is not complicated. Merely Google “crimes voting twice United States code.” That’s something Mr. Trump, while tweeting, overlooks as a feature on his smart phone.
Please take this warning seriously. There are people who stare into solar eclipses or propose 30-foot fences on the border with Mexico as if there are no 31-foot ladders in that nation. I would be remiss if I didn’t inform, as a public announcement, that following Mr. Trump’s suggestions regarding double voting is a crime.
In the name of the late Congressman John Lewis and hundreds who died to secure the vote for all Americans, we must repay our debt and vote as never before. But only one time.
DAVID P. BAUGH
The writer is a former federal prosecutor and veteran criminal defense attorney.