Trump Threatens Michigan Over Voting by Mail

Trump Threatens Michigan Over Voting by Mail May 22, 2020

The state of Michigan sent out almost 8 million applications for absentee ballots, a result of the necessity of the pandemic. Despite a new court ruling allowing this to happen, Trump is threatening to cut off federal funds over it. He knows that the easier it is for people to vote, the more Republicans lose.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday uncorked an angry Twitter rant against Michigan for sending out absentee ballot [applications] to its state’s voters.

“Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election,” the president wrote. “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’s angry rant came after Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced this week that all registered voters in Michigan would receive ballot applications through the mail this year that they could send in to avoid having to go to the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has long been a political goal of Republicans to restrict voting as much as possible.

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