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Trump Rages As Michigan Sends Mail-In Ballot Applications

The states of Nevada and Michigan came into the Trump Twitter orbit today thanks to the issue of mail-in ballot applications. Earlier, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced the state is sending mail-in ballot applications to voters in the state.

However, Trump mistook ‘applications’ for actual mail-in ballots and tweeted the following.

Trump tweet Michigan mail-in ballots

He later deleted this tweet. The Michigan Secretary of State corrected the president, saying the state had sent mail-in ballot applications, not actual ballots. She also pointed out other states like Nebraska, Iowa, Georgia, and West Virginia with GOP Secretary of States were doing the same.

Trump corrected his tweet, this time mentioning mail-in ballot applications.

However, Benson pulled Trump up again.

Mail-in ballots are a controversial issue. The GOP has a record of maintaining a stance against voting through absentee ballots. The stance of Trump against mail-in ballot applications is not entirely surprising. He has brought up issues like ballot harvesting and the need for voter identification earlier as well.

Trump Threatens to Withhold Funding For Mail-in Ballot Applications

In his tweets, Trump threatened to withhold federal funding from Nevada and Michigan after they sent out mail-in ballot applications. Nevada is also set to host a mail-in ballot primary election on June 9 in order to keep voters safe.

While Trump can withhold federal funding to states, he could face legal hurdles while doing so. It remains unclear whether Trump can unilaterally stop state funding as congressional approval may be required for doing something like this.

Mail-In Ballots – What is the Fuss About?

While most election experts agree there is a greater likelihood of voter fraud with mail-in ballots, they also say cases of fraud are very rare.

The GOP is generally cold on making mail-in ballots available universally. The reason behind this could be a greater number of votes getting mailed in than usual.

Generally, the GOP tends to perform better when voter turnout is less. Since mail-in ballots would allow people to vote from home, the turnout could potentially be higher and help Democrats.

Trump earlier told Republicans to fight the trend of mail-in ballots. While Michigan only sent mail-in ballot applications, Nevada provides absentee ballots to voters without any questions. Trump’s rage at the trend of mail-in ballot applications has more to do with his own electoral fortunes than the issue of voter fraud or identification.

While the GOP is quick to bring up the issue of voter fraud, the fact is there are only rare occurrences of these cases happening.

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