Trump says election results could take months to get due to mail-in ballots
On Monday, President Donald Trump said that with the increase in mail-in ballots this year, Americans might not know the results of the November election for at least two months.
“We went through World War I, you went to the polls, you voted. We went through World War II, you went to the polls, you voted. And now because of the China virus, we’re supposed to stay home, send millions of ballots all over the country, millions and millions,” Trump said in an interview with Axios. “You know, you could have a case where this election won’t be decided on the evening of Nov. 3. This election could be decided two months later.”
The majority of states already allow voters to request an absentee ballot. That practice involves the voter sending in a written request before receiving an official ballot. The new process eliminates the request form and simply mails out an official ballot to every voter’s home.
Only a handful of states used extensive mail-in voting prior to the coronavirus but now the list continues to grow. Nevada became the most recent state to pass a law calling for mailing ballots to all registered voters regardless of if they are requested. The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee are fighting back, filing lawsuits against several states that are moving to vote by mail this year.
“There’s never been anything like this. Now, of course, right now we have to live with it, but we’re challenging it,” said Trump.
Republicans say that voting by mail is not secure and could lead to ballot harvesting, ballots for dead people or ballots for people who’ve moved being illegally filled out. The concern isn’t without merit. Just this year, thousands of dead Americans received coronavirus stimulus checks from the Treasury Department.
Trump also tweeted Monday that the Post Office could never handle the increased number of mailed ballots without preparation. Another concern amongst Republicans is ballots being lost or delayed in the postal service, an organization that is already struggling to maintain itself during the pandemic.
Democrats claim the concerns are not warranted and are simply fear-mongering. Nevada Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro spoke out against Trump and the RNC after his state passed vote-by-mail legislation.
“The comments made by President Trump and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel regarding Assembly Bill 4 are disgraceful and patently false,” Cannizzaro said. “This is a clear fear-mongering attempt by the GOP to suppress voters this November as part of an effort to shield themselves from the backlash of a failed administration.”
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