Trump warns of rigged elections as states continue to move towards voting by mail
President Trump and other GOP officials are making it clear that they oppose enhanced vote-by-mail plans such as those proposed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Tuesday morning, the president repeated his warning that allowing voting by mail will result in a “Rigged Election.”
“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed,” Trump tweeted.
“The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!”
California already allows vote-by-mail, but voters have to make a request for the ballot. Under Newsom’s new executive order, voters will automatically get a ballot without having to put in a request.
On Sunday, the Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit against Newsom, accusing him of an illegal power grab with his plan to send absentee ballots to all registered voters. The lawsuit alleges Newsom’s order is less about protecting the health of Californians and more about protecting the electoral prospects of the governor’s political party.
Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement saying, “Democrats continue to use this pandemic as a ploy to implement their partisan election agenda, and Gov. Newsom’s executive order is the latest direct assault on the integrity of our elections. Newsom’s illegal power grab is a recipe for disaster that would destroy the confidence Californians deserve to have in the security of their vote.”
Gov. Newson says the move is necessary to ensure that voters have safe and secure access to the polls during the pandemic.
“California will continue to defend Californians’ right to vote, including their right to vote by mail, and the right to hold an election that is safe, secure, and accessible. Voters shouldn’t have to choose between their health and their right to vote,” a spokesperson for Newsom said in a statement.
California isn’t the only state that is exploring mass voting by mail. Michigan and Nevada also have proposals to allow voting by mail because of the coronavirus.
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