President Threatens Federal Funding For Nevada Over Mail-In Balloting

Sent Similar Tweet Threatening Michigan

Associated Press
May 20, 2020 - 9:13 am
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the East Room of the White House on May 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Nevada was on the mind of President Trump Wednesday morning.

Even though the president has done mail-in ballots himself before, he believes that holding an entire election by mail-in would be an invitation for massive voter fraud.

The President sent a similar tweet about Michigan early Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear how Trump could delay the funds, which come from coronavirus relief spending measures he signed into law. Trump tagged his acting budget director, his chief of staff and the Treasury Department on the tweets.

Trump has been very vocal about his opposition to voting by mail, claiming the practice is ripe for fraud although there is scant evidence of widespread wrongdoing with mail-in voting. Trump himself requested a mail ballot for Florida’s GOP primary last month and he has voted absentee in previous elections.

Trump says people should have to show up at polling stations and present ID to vote. But the coronavirus pandemic has upended that long-standing practice, with many voters fearful of waiting in line at polling stations and voting on machines that have been touched others. 

Republicans have tried to portray Trump’s crusade against mail voting as a principled stand rather than a partisan attack on Democrats, but his tweets undermined that argument.

On Monday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the party had no problem with a system like the one Michigan proposed. 

Republicans have pushed back against Democratic plans to send ballots to all voters, as Nevada’s Republican secretary of state is doing for her state’s primary. 

Trump’s own campaign has tried to present his opposition to mail ballots as nuanced rather than a blatant attempt to limit Democratic votes, insisting that a line should be drawn at sending ballots to all voters. Five states already mail ballots to all voters and there have been no major instances of fraud due to that system.