Trump Threatens to Delay Funding to States Over Absentee Ballots

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to request to hold federal funding to Michigan and Nevada over widespread mail voting schemes.

All Michigan voters will receive applications for absentee voting, Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said this week. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, said May 1 that all voters will receive mail-in ballots.

What Michigan is doing is illegal and “without authorization,” Trump said in a social media statement, calling Benson “a rogue Secretary of State.”

“I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!” he added.

In another missive, Trump said Nevada officials were trying to “send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S.”

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Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske speaks on stage during Global Citizens “Show Up and Vote” concert at the World Market Center in Las Vegas, Nev on Oct. 25, 2016. (David Becker/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

“They cant!” he said, adding after threatening to delay funds: “Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections.”

Trump tagged Mark Meadows, his chief of staff, Russ Vought, the acting budget director, and the Department of Treasury in the posts, which he made on Twitter.

Cegavskes office said in a statement sent to The Epoch Times that she didnt make the decision lightly to use mail-in ballots in the upcoming election. Mail-in voting has taken place among citizens residing outside the state and others for over 100 years with no evidence of election fraud, the office said, noting U.S. District Judge Miranda Du on May 1 blocked an attempt to block Nevadas June 9 primary over concerns of potential voter fraud.

“Nevada has many safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of an all-mail election, including signature requirements and verification processes, preprinted ballot return envelopes, barcode tracking, and laws against ballot harvesting. Voters concerned with mailing in their ballot may drop off their ballot at any designated drop-off location in their county,” according to the statement.

A spokesman for Benson said that Trumps statement was false.

“The Bureau of Elections is mailing absent voter applications, not ballots. Applications are mailed nearly every election cycle by both major parties and countless advocacy and nonpartisan organizations. Just like them, we have full authority to mail applications to ensure voters know they have the right to vote safely by mail,” the spokesman said in a statement.

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