Trump Requests Mail-In Ballot While Undermining Mail-In Voting

Written by on August 14, 2020

President Donald Trump requested a mail-in poll for Florida’s main election subsequent Tuesday, whereas showing intent on undermining mail-in voting for the tens of millions of Individuals anticipated to take action on this fall’s basic election.

Trump and first girl Melania Trump submitted their functions for a mail-in main poll on Wednesday, based on the Palm Seashore County Supervisor of Elections web site, as first reported by the Palm Seashore Submit.

Final yr, the Trumps switched their voter registration from New York Metropolis to Palm Seashore County, Florida, the place he owns his Mar-a-Lago membership.

On Thursday, the president all however admitted he’s blocking funding to the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service with a view to hamper voting by mail. Many Individuals will probably vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and native and state election officers and the Postal Service are bracing themselves to cope with an inflow of mail-in ballots this fall.

“Now they want that cash with a view to make the put up workplace work so it could possibly take all of those tens of millions and tens of millions of ballots,” he stated in an interview on Fox Enterprise. “But when they don’t get these two objects, which means you’ll be able to’t have common mail-in voting.”

Equally, at a press convention Wednesday, he admitted that stopping the company from receiving emergency funding would restrict mail-in voting.

“They don’t have the cash to do the common mail-in voting. So due to this fact, they will’t do it, I assume, proper?” Trump stated. “Are they going to do it, even when they don’t have the cash?”

He additionally claimed the election would “be the nice rigged election in historical past” and “one of many best frauds in historical past.”

Trump has repeatedly unfold conspiracy theories about voting by mail, falsely prompt there will probably be rampant voter fraud, known as for the November election to be delayed (which he can not do underneath the Structure) — and has implied he’ll solid doubt on the election consequence.

Voting rights advocates and election watchdogs have expressed deep considerations concerning the election, warning Trump’s rhetoric and actions will result in elevated voter suppression.

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