Nevada likely mailing all voter ballots ahead of election
On Sunday, state lawmakers in Nevada passed a bill that will mail all active voters a ballot ahead of the November election due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) is highly likely to sign the bill into law, which would add it to a growing list of states sending ballots to citizens, regardless of if they are requested.
President Donald Trump and Republicans have been opposed to increased voting by mail and have said it will lead to one of the most fraudulent elections in U.S. History. Nevada Republicans were at the statehouse on Sunday protesting the bill.
“[President Trump’s] supporters are out in force today protesting Nevada Dems’ attempts to ram through mass mail-in voting & ballot harvesting. Dems want to use the pandemic to destroy election integrity,” tweeted Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske is the only Republican to hold statewide office. She opposed the change in election procedures and was furious that the legislature excluded her from the bill’s drafting.
“We were not involved in this bill’s writing at all. I wish somebody would have asked us about it because we could have told you what we had planned,” she said Friday.
Christine Saunders of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada told lawmakers that long waits in the June primary were a prime example of why the state needs to expand vote by mail opportunities.
“No one should have to choose between their health and voting. No one should have to choose between staying in line to vote and making it to their job on time,” she said.
Democrats bypassed Cegavske to pass the changes and are giving the governor the power to command the Secretary of State to change standard election procedures due the state’s declared state of emergency.
The U.S. Postal Service is already extremely backed up due to the pandemic with delays in mail delivery. Officials warn that the high traffic of ballots traveling through the mail could knock the already struggling USPS on its knees.
Trump called the bill’s passage an illegal coup.
“In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court,” the president tweeted.
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