Trump Threatens To Sue Nevada In Latest Tirade Against Mail-In Voting
The president has continuously condemned mail-in voting and made unsubstantiated claims that it could more easily lead to fraud.
The state of Nevada passed a bill to automatically send mail-in ballots to registered voters — and President Trump quickly threatened to retaliate. The state joins a growing list of others that are opting for mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
State lawmakers approved a bill Sunday to send mail-in ballots to all active voters, which Gov. Stephen Sisolak (D-NA) is reportedly expected to sign into law. The bill, called Assembly Bill 4, was approved following the state’s June primary, which saw expanded access to mail-in ballots as well as hours-long lines at “extremely limited” in-person polling places.
On Monday, Trump sent a tweet threatening legal action against the state.
“In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state,” Trump wrote. “Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!”
Trump has continuously condemned mail-in voting and made unsubstantiated claims that the method could more easily lead to fraud, even though he himself voted by mail in the March Florida primary and has done so in previous elections. Last week, he even floated the idea of postponing the November election “until people can properly, securely and safely vote” — which other lawmakers quickly pointed out only Congress has the authority to do.
As states around the country experienced chaotically-run primaries, which the pandemic made substantially more difficult, a growing number including California and Vermont are passing policies to automatically send voters mail-in ballots. Some sports teams are also offering up their arenas to use as polling places for people to use as voting precincts.
Legal analysts, elected officials, and journalists clapped back at Trump’s attack on Nevada, while emphasizing the lack of evidence that mail-in voting is susceptible to fraud.