Trump threatens to withhold funds from Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday called plans for expanded mail-in voting in Michigan and Nevada illegal, without citing a specific law, and threatened to withhold funding to the states - the latest Republican move to try to undo steps aimed at making it easier and safer to vote during the coronavirus pandemic.

States have broad powers on setting rules for voting. Trump, who has expressed his opposition to mail-in voting, said without evidence that the efforts in Michigan and Nevada - states that could be pivotal in his Nov. 3 re-election bid - could lead to voter fraud.

“This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!” Trump wrote on Twitter

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday said all 7.7 million Michigan voters would receive absentee ballot applications before the Aug. 4 state primaries and the November general election so no one “has to choose between their health and their right to vote.”

Nevada has made its June 9 state primaries an all-mail election, sending absentee ballots to registered voters. The state official responsible for elections is a Republican.

“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. They can’t! If they do, ‘I think’ I can hold up funds to the State,” Trump tweeted.

Democrats have accused Republicans of voter suppression efforts intended to reduce participation by voters who tend to back Democrats. Republicans blocked a move by Wisconsin’s Democratic governor to make last month’s primary an all-mail election amid the pandemic.

Trump has said mail-in voting leads to fraud. Numerous studies have found little evidence of that. Democrats have said mail-in voting is a safer alternative to in-person balloting during the pandemic, helping to prevent crowds at polling places.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert and John Whitesides; Editing by Will Dunham, Andrew Heavens and Chizu Nomiyama

 

 

Panorama Hispano is the regional news and information newspaper for Hispanic and other diverse communities.

US Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States numbering 54.2 million as of July 2014. Serving: Buffalo, Rochester, Fredonia, Niagara Falls, NY and Erie, PA. Outside our Market area: Visit our affiliate at: http://www.impremedia.com/

Contact us: Contact@PanoramaHispanoNews.com

Featured News

Sep 27, 2021
Bills’ Allen-led attack finds swagger in rout of Washington

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Micah Hyde might have been speaking for the entire team and fan base […]

Read More
Sep 27, 2021
R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted […]

Read More
Sep 27, 2021
Biden proposes DACA workaround: a rule to shield 'Dreamers'

The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States […]

Read More

popular categories

Copyright © 2021 Panorama Hispano News. All Rights Reserved.
crossmenuchevron-downmenu-circlecross-circle
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram