Trump marked Memorial Day past year aboard a US aircraft carrier in Japan, where he was on a state visit. "I will ask to hold up funding to MI if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!"
Today President Trump threatened to withhold federal funds from MI and Nevada because he doesn't like the way they want to expand absentee voting during the pandemic. "They send in ballots that they, they harvest ballots, you know all about harvesting, and they do lots of bad things", says President Trump.
Benson, the MI secretary of state, responded to Trump's corrected tweet, noting that she's acting within her authority and that a number of states are taking the same action, including states with Republican election officials. That means the local election clerk mails them applications ahead of every election. Still, this is a pretty remarkable threat for a president to make when it comes to how states run elections, especially since Republicans have argued vehemently for years against anything that they perceive as federal interference in elections. The WEC also noted that technical issues resulted in over 2,000 requested absentee ballots not being sent to Milwaukee residents.
Benson's office said voters can also register to vote and download the application at Michigan.gov/vote.
Trump has voiced sharp criticism against voting by mail in the past, even during the coronavirus pandemic, although he himself has engaged in the practice. He said military and federal emergency management teams had been sent to assist with the flood response but added that the "Governor must now "set you free" to help".
"The consensus, among people who study fraud carefully, is that voting by mail is a much more fertile area for fraud than voting in person", Charles Stewart, the Kenan Sahin distinguished professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told NPR in 2018.
Trump claimed after the 2016 presidential election he would have won the popular vote - Democrat Hillary Clinton had 3 million more votes than he did - had it not been for vote fraud. Whitmer and Trump have repeatedly clashed during the pandemic over their respective handling of the virus.
"They pick the ballot - they take them out of mailboxes".
Last month, the Supreme Court refused to halt voting in the Wisconsin April 7 primary based on fears that in-person ballot would spread the CCP virus.
He also softened his threat to remove funding. Make sure you apply by May 26th at http://votespa.com so you can vote by mail for @realDonaldTrump!".
"With funding from the federal CARES act, I am ensuring every registered voter has the tools to conveniently exercise that right", she said.
Some Republican officials who have expanded absentee voting in their states have faced suspicion from within their own party about those efforts.
Check out this Sounds Good segment with WKMS Program Director Tracy Ross and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams. Several voting machines will be available for walk-in voters.
Democrats noted Trump seems more concerned about mail-in voting in battleground states and has not threatened Republican-dominated states that are doing the same thing as MI.
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