As Michigan struggles, Trump eyes new extortion scheme

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2020

MI mailed applications for the absentee ballots, not the ballots themselves.

"Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election".

Another swing state President Trump lashed out at is Nevada, who he is also hinted at holding up funds to. "I will ask to hold up funding to MI if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!"

President Trump says he's unlikely to make good on a threat to withdraw funds from states including MI over their promotion of mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nevada Democrats, who have sued to try to force Republican officials to open more in-person polling places and give voters more options, said Mr Trump's tweets were created to discourage voter turnout.

But on Monday, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, who accompanied Trump to MI on Air Force One, appeared to support the very practice that Trump found objectionable in the state - and that has been used by Republican election officials in other states.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the local county clerk by noon on Election Day.

It was not clear exactly what funds Trump was referencing, but the states are paying for the voting changes with federal aid meant to support elections during the pandemic. "Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections", Trump tweeted. Trump narrowly defeated then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by 47.50% to 47.27% in MI in 2016.

Trump included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, acting budget director Russ Vought and chief of staff Mark Meadows in the tweets.

However, President Donald Trump is not pleased and is blasting the vote by mail process.

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In all, Trump has voted by mail or submitted an absentee ballot in at least three elections.

On Monday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the party had no problem with a system like the one MI proposed. And we sent applications, not ballots. In Oregon, about a dozen cases of proven voter fraud have occurred since 2000 out of more than 100 million absentee ballots-or.00000012 percent.

MI and Nevada are important swing states that are likely to determine the outcome of the November election. By Wednesday evening, Trump told reporters he had spoken with Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and did not think funding would have to be cut. "We're not babies", Trump said at a news conference at an Ypsilanti Township Ford Motor Company plant that is producing ventilators.

Herring's spokeswoman, Charlotte P.L. Gomer, said the "conservative activists" who filed the lawsuit "are engaged in thinly-veiled voter suppression by trying to force Virginians to choose between their health and the right to vote. Also, again, my name is Jocelyn Benson". The state is sending out applications for absentee ballots - the same as Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska and West Virginia - in a move that the RNC says is kosher. A federal judge recently cleared Nevada's decision to mail ballots, which were sent by the Republican secretary of state.

"They pick the ballot - they take them out of mailboxes".

42 times as many mail-in ballots were cast in Tuesday's Virginia municipal elections than in 2016, according to new data from the sVirginia Public Access Project (VPAP). His GOP allies, meanwhile, have fought changes to voting in court and opposed funding to expand mail-in voting in Congress.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the USA 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans was made just one day after a federal judge in San Antonio ordered on Tuesday that all Texas voters who feared contracting the coronavirus could apply to vote by mail.

State officials are hostile to efforts to expand mail-in voting and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton vowed to appeal the decision to the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The circuit court is now considering whether to nullify the earlier ruling permanently. Mail-in ballots could raise voter turnout and also limit the spread of COVID-19, as the virus could be spread through congested lines and touching common surfaces like voting machines. Each jurisdiction has its own set of rules, but all states offer accommodations for voters who can not make it to the polls. Some key Democratic areas have moved to make it easier for voters to request ballots, while Republican areas have not.

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