Vote-by-mail debate raises fears of election disinformation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly partisan debate unfolding on whether more Americans should cast their votes through the mail during a pandemic is provoking online disinformation and conspiracy theories that could undermine trust in the results. Democrats are pushing for states to transition to more mail-in voting for the general election in November, arguing it’s necessary to keep voters safe from the coronavirus. Republicans, including President Donald Trump, insist mail-in voting will be ripe for fraud. That’s fueling a new crop of conspiracy theories online, where national security officials and experts fear such a divisive issue could become the center of disinformation campaigns. ahead of this year’s election.