The 2020 election is certainly going to be one for the record books, and given that there is a very real possibility of a late-autumn resurgence of COVID-19, a number of municipalities have taken steps to insure that every vote can be counted safely.
For some, the solution to this issue is to have everyone in the nation vote by mail, similarly to how absentee ballots already operate. The system has been around for decades, with US military members overseas being one of the most prevalent contingents in the game.
But there are fears among Republicans that this scenario is ripe for voter fraud, and President Trump is now taking aim at those who are moving ahead with plans to institute the scheme.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Tuesday that all registered voters in the crucial general election battleground state will be mailed an application to vote by mail in November so they do not have to risk exposure to the coronavirus by going out to the polls.
Trump was not a fan of the decision.
“Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!”
And Michigan wasn’t the only state on Trump’s trouble list.
Trump later addressed Nevada’s decision to have mail-in votes for their June primary election and threatened to withhold funding from them as well. In that state, voters will not even have to request ballots through application forms; instead, voters will receive ballots in the mail.
“State of Nevada ‘thinks’ that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S.,” Trump tweeted. “They can’t! If they do, ‘I think’ I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections.”
We can only imagine that these statements will soon be fodder for the mainstream media, who will attempt to characterize the President’s threats as uncouth.