President TrumpDonald John TrumpPro-Trump outside groups raise .8 million in AprilBiden wins Oregon primaryGraham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before electionMORE on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding to Michigan after the state’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) announced all of the states registered voters would receive applications for absentee ballots in the mail this year.
Trump charged that the step was done illegally and threatened to withhold funding if the state did not reverse course, suggesting the move would encourage voter fraud.
Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election, Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. 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!
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. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!..
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
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Trump has frequently voiced his opposition to expansions in mail-in voting, leveling unsubstantiated and exaggerated claims that mail-in ballots are riddled with fraud and corrupt.
While voting experts say there are higher levels of voter fraud in mail-in voting than in-person voting, they agree that overall cases of voter fraud are rare.
Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to statewide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it, Trump tweeted last month. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesnt work out well for Republicans.
Democrats have supported mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to ensure that voters can vote safely in the 2020 elections without risking exposure to the virus.
The $2 trillion bipartisan relief package that Trump signed into law in late March provides $400 million for states to prepare for upcoming primaries and the November general election during the coronavirus outbreak.
Benson said in a statement Tuesday that sending mail-in applications to Michigans 7.7 million registered voters would ensure their safety.
By mailing applications, we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote, Benson said. Voting by mail is easy, convenient, safe, and secure, and every voter in Michigan has the right to do it.
Trumps tweet comes just a day before the presidents scheduled trip to a Ford manufacturing plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., to highlight the companys work producing ventilators to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.