Why Trump Threatened To Stop Funding Mail-In Voting In Michigan

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Trump misinterpreted a critical piece of information: Michigan voters were sent ballot applications, not the ballots themselves ahead of the state’s primary and the November general election.

plan to send mail-in voting applications to all voters
as a safe solution to casting their ballots during the pandemic. Though Trump claims Michigan’s actions are “illegal” and “without authorization,” he cites no specific law as he furthers the partisan divide over whether mail-in voting should continue to be allowed at all, coronavirus or not.
“Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of the
Primaries and the General Election
,” Trump tweeted in a”breaking news” post. “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!” It is unclear what funding Trump is referring to. And, in a reply to his tweet, he tagged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, Office of Budget and Management Director Russ Vought, and the U.S. Treasury.
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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!..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
May 20, 2020
Trump has also misinterpreted a critical piece of information: Michigan voters were sent ballot applications, not the ballots themselves ahead of the state’s primary and the November general election. “By mailing applications we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,” said
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson
in a statement released on May 19. After Trump’s tweet, Benson chimed in on Twitter.
“We sent applications, not ballots,” she wrote including Trump’s original tweet. “Just like my GOP colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska, and West Virginia.” In her tweet, Benson also pointed out the fact that the”rogue” Secretary of State Trump referred to was unnamed — a move the
president has made in past announcements
.
Hi! 👋🏼 I also have a name, it’s Jocelyn Benson. And we sent applications, not ballots. Just like my GOP colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia.

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