Michigan Secretary of State Destroys Trump's Claim on Mailing Absentee Applications

Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson tweeted a response to Trump’s claim that mailing out absentee ballot applications  to all voters is illegal, pointing out that a number of Republican states are doing the same thing for the primaries.

Trump has threatened to withhold federal election funding from Michigan and Nevada over their attempts to increase vote by mail.

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Hi again. Still wrong. Every Michigan registered voter has a right to vote by mail. I have the authority & responsibility to make sure that they know how to exercise this right – just like my GOP colleagues are doing in GA, IA, NE and WV. Also, again, my name is Jocelyn Benson.

Donald J. Trump
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Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. 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!
2:12 PM · May 20, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Absentee voting during the pandemic is obviously the safest way to participate in the election. I would guess that nearly every prominent Republican (including Trump) has voted absentee in the last 10 years.

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The president’s attack on Nevada is particularly confounding, given that the state’s effort to switch to a nearly all-mail election was made by Secretary of State Barbara K. Cegavske, a Republican. Democrats have sued Cegavske to block her effort to close nearly all of the state’s in-person polling places for the June 9 primary and mail ballots to all registered voters.