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Trump threatens blue states (but not red states) over mail-in ballots

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Washington President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked the swing state of Michigan for sending out mail-in ballot applications for elections in 2020, ignoring a series of Republican states which have done the exact same thing to help people vote during the Coronavirus outbreak.

On Twitter, the President first incorrectly accused the state of Michigan of sending out mail-in ballots to all registered voters; instead, the state has sent absentee ballot applications, just like a series of other GOP states.

Michigan Secretary of State went on Twitter to respond to the President’s criticism, saying she’s following the lead of others in sending out applications for mail-in ballots.

“Just like my GOP colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia,” Jocelyn Benson said.

In his Twitter shots at Michigan and Nevada, the President threatened to withhold federal funding for those states, if they went ahead with their mail-in balloting plans.

“State of Nevada “thinks” that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S.,” the President tweeted “They can’t! If they do, “I think” I can hold up funds to the State.”

While Nevada has a Democratic Governor, the Republican Secretary of State opted for a full mail-in ballot primary election.

“Donald Trump is exploiting a pandemic to suppress Americans’ votes in November,” said Sen. Ron  Wyden (D-OR), whose state votes entirely by mail.

The President made no threats on Wednesday to withhold federal funding from Republican-controlled states which have sent out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, like Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska, and West Virginia.

The attacks on mail-in ballots are part of the President’s broader accusation that mail-in voting is rife with fraud, a charge which is not backed up by evidence from states which conduct mail-in election.

Image courtesy of Parveen Chopra

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