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Trump vows to sue Nevada to block universal mail-in ballots

WorldAug 04, 2020 01:30PM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. President Trump holds executive order signing event in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington

(This August 3 story corrects 4th paragraph to say Nevada is the 8th state to adopt universal mail-in balloting, not the 7th as erroneously reported)

By Joseph Ax and John Whitesides

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump vowed on Monday he would sue Nevada after the state's Democratic lawmakers passed a bill to send mail-in ballots to every voter ahead of November's presidential election in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, who has repeatedly claimed without evidence that voting by mail will lead to rampant fraud, wrote on Twitter the legislation approved on Sunday was an "illegal late night coup" and told reporters his administration was already preparing a lawsuit.

"We will be suing in Nevada. And that's already been taken care of, we'll probably file something tomorrow," he said during a White House briefing.

The state's Democratic governor, Steve Sisolak, signed the bill, making Nevada the eighth state to send ballots to all registered voters for the Nov. 3 election between Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Utah, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington already conduct their elections entirely by mail, while California and Vermont have decided to do so this year due to the pandemic.

Trump told reporters he had a right to issue an executive order regarding mail-in ballots but did not elaborate on what that would involve.

"We haven't gotten there yet," he said.

Most states have sought to expand mail-in voting to avoid spreading the coronavirus at polling places on Election Day. The ongoing public health crisis has prompted litigation in dozens of states between Democrats and Republicans over issues like absentee ballots, postmark deadlines and signature requirements.

"I don't think the Post Office is prepared for a thing like this," Trump told reporters, referring to an expected increase in mail-in voting in the 2020 election.

Democrats and voting rights groups have warned that cost-saving measures instituted at the Postal Service by a Trump financial backer who is now postmaster general could lead to delays in service just as voting by mail ramps up.

Nevada mailed ballots to voters ahead of its primary election in June and encouraged residents not to risk in-person voting. Most of the state's polling places were closed, leading to waits of as much as seven hours in Las Vegas.

"During this global pandemic, I made a commitment that we’d do all we can to allow Nevadans to safely cast a ballot in the upcoming November election," Sisolak said on Twitter after signing the bill.

Election experts say voter fraud of any kind, including incidents related to mail-in ballots, is extremely rare.

Trump, who trails Biden in polls, has raised a series of questions about the integrity of the election. Last week, he suggested delaying the election due to the likelihood of fraud, though he does not have the authority to do so.

Trump vows to sue Nevada to block universal mail-in ballots
 

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Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 04, 2020 2:20PM ET
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Commies? Are you in a 1950s time warp? Trump = Fascism.
Ted Dirty
DirtyTed Aug 04, 2020 3:23AM ET
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Commies all over ...corona-commies. Trump is right. The commies went underground and deploying corona-guerilla tactics.
Gilbert Schwob
Gilbert Schwob Aug 04, 2020 3:23AM ET
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Switzerland, a well-known DEMOCRACY, practices mail-in voting since decades and remains a democracy. Of course, mail-in voting allows  and gives the ability to vote to every Swiss citizen able to vote and no one can impede them voting, regardless his skin color, whatever his state of health, his time requirements (long queues) or even unforeseen trips. In over 30 years there has never been a fraud complaint. On the other hand, the number of voters increased slightly.
Water Bender
Water Bender Aug 04, 2020 12:17AM ET
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If you can buy groceries, riot, visit a friend or get a haircut you can vote...no excuses you desperate democrats
Adrian White
Adrian White Aug 04, 2020 12:17AM ET
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So then why did Trump suggest "delaying the election until is safe for people to vote"? Attempted power-grab under the guise of caring about public safety? lol
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Aug 03, 2020 10:40PM ET
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If u dont regi ster to vote by m ail, they should not m ail a b allot to u. This is open up for fraud. Hate to say this but Trump is correct on this.
Gilbert Schwob
Gilbert Schwob Aug 03, 2020 10:40PM ET
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What about hospitalized people, seniors unable to move themselves, etc.?
Adrian White
Adrian White Aug 03, 2020 10:29PM ET
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Typical that Trump's first reaction is to sue. If his reason is the post office not being able to handle the volume, then how about doing something constructive and helpful, like using this time to make sure that the post office and ballot counters will be able to handle it! Create some temporary jobs and solve it. Surely Americans can figure out how to solve a simple issue like this. Trump just wants to suppress the vote in Dem jurisdictions and sew the seeds of doubt so that when he loses he can falsely claim election fraud.
Picaso Fish
Picaso_Fish Aug 03, 2020 10:29PM ET
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They won't.... I gaurentee shannagians
Chuck Monaco
Chuck Monaco Aug 03, 2020 10:29PM ET
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The problem seems to be that there are have mote tegister voters in sole places that actual citizens ...
Picaso Fish
Picaso_Fish Aug 03, 2020 10:26PM ET
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shame many people on the right liked the idea of underfunding voter stations in poorer communites, this will make the election more challenging
Water Bender
Water Bender Aug 03, 2020 10:26PM ET
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research the facts Louisville had restricted polling places and they have a democratic mayor and Gov...you don't even know it is a problem in democratic run areas ....how boring to always blame Trump
Silverbug 19
Silverbug 19 Aug 03, 2020 10:25PM ET
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All were deemed fraudulent ballots for signatures invalid. Dems cheat is their only way.
Picaso Fish
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they will have to experiment with other forms of voter supression to win I suppose. Where there is an will there is an way!
David David
David9 Aug 03, 2020 8:55PM ET
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Wow...this guy is so desperate...but Americans hang in there, he will be gone in a few months.
Daar Fisher
Daar Fisher Aug 03, 2020 8:22PM ET
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Democrats are ruthless and lawless. They've done nothing to work together with this President out of hate and bitterness that their Queen Hillary didn't win. They are out to destroy American values and traditions.
Jerry Gregor
Jerry Gregor Aug 03, 2020 8:22PM ET
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Dear Fisher... you have described perfectly the behavior and actions of the complicit and corrupt republicans.
Ben Dover
Ben Dover Aug 03, 2020 8:22PM ET
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Must be nice to be born ignorant and living a life of ignorance.
Ab Ab
Ab Ab Aug 03, 2020 8:22PM ET
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Fisher. why are you using this app ? your IQ lvl is to low lol.
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 03, 2020 8:22PM ET
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You drive a hard bargain. You’re right. Gee... OK, I admit it. I hate Trump....and so does anyone with a brain....and big hands.
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Aug 03, 2020 8:22PM ET
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Fisher, the grown-ups in the room won't let Tramp have ice-cream for breakfast and you fools cry they won't work with him? Even his own GOP members in Washington are starting to abandon this fool.
Holly Sorensen
Holly Sorensen Aug 03, 2020 4:24PM ET
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GO AWAY PERMANENTLY
Sean Roberts
Sean Roberts Aug 03, 2020 4:24PM ET
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permanently life in prison for mass ****
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 03, 2020 4:05PM ET
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I. D. I. O. T.
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Let him sue he will loose.
 
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