Trump Is Out of Step With the RNC on Absentee Ballot Requests
May 20, 2020
Trump today attacked Michigan, misrepresented what Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is really doing, and falsely accused the state of acting illegally, but the RNC has said they have no problem with states mailing absentee ballot applications to voters.
Trump misrepresented Michigan’s mailing of absentee ballot applications, said the state was acting illegally, and threatened to delay funding.
TRUMP: “Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots 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!..”
But two days ago, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said, “I don’t really have an issue with absentee ballot request forms being sent out to voters” — a sentiment she’s also expressed previously.
MCDANIEL: “I don’t really have an issue with absentee ballot request forms being sent out to voters.”
MCDANIEL: “I don’t mind people being sent absentee ballot request forms. That’s okay. Give them the opportunity to vote by mail. We’re not fighting those and we’re not in lawsuits in those things.”
Unsurprisingly, Trump’s very premise is false. He is attacking Michigan’s effort to expand voting access because he’s afraid he’ll lose in November if everyone can vote.
CNN’s Abby Phillip: “The president is wrong here: Michigan is not sending absentee ballots to all voters in the general — just applications. Other Republicans secretaries of state have done this already for upcoming primaries.”
NBC News: “Claim: Mail-in ballots are often ‘fraudulent.’ In fact, fraudulent ballots are rare, experts say.”