Several Democrats are pushing for an immediate transition away from traditional in-person voting to a vote-by-mail system in all 50 states ahead of the 2020 election amid the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump is not happy about that and said this week that he plans to file a new lawsuit against voting by mail.
During a radio interview Monday, the president told conservative host Michael Savage that vote-by-mail could allow Democrats to cheat in the upcoming elections, the Washington Examiner reported.
“We’re suing, and we’re filing another big lawsuit, I think, on Friday, and I think we have a good case,” Trump said.
Trump suggested that Democrats may try to swing the election by failing to send conservatives vote-by-mail ballots.
Trump said: “[California Democratic] Gov. Newsom announced that he’s sending out millions and millions of mail-in ballots. You say, ‘Who are they sending these to?’ Maybe people who are, let’s say, in a Republican district, and maybe those ballots, don’t get sent there. This is the craziest thing. This will be a rigged election if they are allowed to do it.”
Trump continued: “I think that’s one of the biggest risks I have. And the biggest risk, frankly, that the Republican Party has is mail-in ballots. It’s a very big risk.”
Earlier this month, the Texas Supreme Court blocked a decision that allowed mail-in balloting for voters amid coronavirus outbreak.
“We agree with the state that a voter’s lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a ‘disability’ as defined by the Election Code,” Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who had argued for the state in the case, celebrated the decision.
“In-person voting is the surest way to maintain the integrity of our elections, prevent voter fraud and guarantee that every voter is who they claim to be,” Paxton, a Republican, said.
Over the last few weeks, Trump has been railing against Democratic efforts to expand mail-in voting, arguing that the process allows for voter fraud.
“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent,” Trump said Tuesday morning. “Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!”
….living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
One issue many have with nationwide vote-by-mail is that it could potentially allow millions of inactive and possibly illegal votes to occur, which could have a huge effect on the outcome of the election.
This could be a disaster, according to at least one expert.
Government Accountability Insititute research director Eric Eggers says the Democrats’ plan for nationwide mail-in voting would send ballots to 24 million inaccurate and flawed voter registrations.
Eggers said nationwide mail-in voting would be wide open to fraud and abuse.
Eggers said mail-in voting ensures voters associated with those flawed voter registrations would get the chance to vote in the 2020 presidential election.