Trump Threatens to Withhold Michigan, Nevada Funding Over Mail-in Voting

Headline Roundup May 20th, 2020

President Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from Michigan and Nevada, after absentee ballot applications were sent to all Michigan voters, and a mail-in primary election is being held in Nevada in June.

Trump is charging that the moves are illegal and will enable voter fraud. Many Democrats support mail-in voting as a way to ensure that ballots can be cast safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump Threatens to Withhold Michigan, Nevada Funding Over Mail-in Voting

From the Center
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Voting Rights, voter fraud, voter ID, absentee voting, Michigan, Nevada, coronavirus

President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold up coronavirus relief money for Michigan after he said — erroneously — that the state had sent absentee ballots to millions of voters. It’s not clear that he can do so.

Michigan mailed applications for the absentee ballots, not the ballots themselves.

“Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if...

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From the Right
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President Trump threatened to withhold funding from Michigan after he alleged that the state sent absentee ballots to all registered voters.

"Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election," the president 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!"

Trump, in a subsequent tweet, tagged acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought, White...

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From the Left
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Voting Rights, voter fraud, voter ID, absentee voting, Michigan, Nevada, coronavirus, Donald Trump

President Trump threatened to withhold federal funding for Michigan and Nevada if the states moved forward in expanding vote by mail.

President Trump on Wednesday incorrectly accused Michigan’s Democratic secretary of state of mailing ballots to all of the state’s registered voters, falsely claiming that it was illegal, as he escalated his assault against mail voting.

The president also threatened to withhold federal funds to Michigan and Nevada if the states proceed in expanding vote-by-mail efforts.

“Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of primaries and the general...

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