President Donald Trump has made it clear that he opposes widespread mail-in voting in the upcoming election, therefore his response to a recent move by lawmakers in one state should come as no surprise.
After the Nevada legislature passed a bill late Sunday night to automatically send mail-in ballots to all state residents — a measure which Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak is expected to sign into law — President Trump threatened to take legal action, Breitbart reported.
Aside from automatically sending out mail-in ballots for everybody, the state legislature also approved the practice of ballot harvesting — allowing partisan activists to pick up and drop off ballots for counting — and will allow individuals to fill out and deliver ballots on behalf of the disabled and elderly.
“See you in court!”
Additionally, the emergency legislation essentially bypasses the state’s normal election process typically overseen by the secretary of state and vest all election authority — under the auspices of the ongoing coronavirus-related state of emergency — in the governor himself.
In response to all of that, President Trump tweeted on Monday, “In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!”
Politico reported that Trump reiterated his vow of legal action against Nevada later in the day while addressing reporters at the White House during the daily press briefing.
The president also intimated that he could take some sort of executive action between now and the election to address the potential problems with fraud and lost ballots that come along with the widespread use of mail-in voting.
Trump: Legislation a “disgrace”
Near the end of Monday’s briefing, the topic of the Democratic push for universal mail-in ballots was raised, and President Trump launched into a recital of the problems that could occur, as evidenced by major issues already seen following primary elections in places like New Jersey and New York, where some races remain undecided more than six weeks after the fact.
In specific reference to the measure passed in Nevada, Trump said:
Now you’re talking about, like, Nevada, where last — two nights ago, they — they went out and in the darkness of night without people, without having any meetings of the public, without having anything, they approved a ridiculous — you don’t have to look at signatures. You don’t have to approve anything. You can have double mailings. You can have all sorts of things. Nobody has ever seen anything like it. It’s a disgrace. I mean, honestly, it’s a disgrace.”
“And what Nevada has been doing — if you look, over the last few days, you have to look at what they’ve done,” he continued. “You can have two ballots, you can harvest — it’s harvesting, so you can take thousands of ballots, put them together and just dump them down on somebody’s desk after a certain period of time.”
“We will be suing in Nevada”
The president also noted that the legislation would allow for some ballots to not even be counted until seven days after the election is held, which could conceivably cast all sort of doubt on the accuracy of the reported results and also pointed out that the U.S. Postal Service is simply not equipped to handle the massive volume of ballots that would need to be processed in a timely manner.
Asked if he would take executive action to address what had happened in Nevada, Trump replied, “Well, I have the right to do it. We haven’t gotten there yet, but we’ll see what happens. We will be suing in Nevada, and that’s already been taken care of. We’ll probably file something tomorrow.”