Trump Says Democrats Try To Manipulate Elections With Postal Voting While GOP Charges California Governor
President Donald Trump tweeted the Democrats on Sunday evening accusing them of trying to manipulate the upcoming 2020 general election.
“The Democrats are trying to manipulate the 2020 election, clear and simple!” he tweeted just after 8:30 pm.
The tweet came with a retweet of something he posted earlier on Sunday where he outlined his concerns in more detail, namely that voting by mail can be prone to abuse.
“The United States cannot have all mail-in ballots. It will be the largest witnessed election in history. People take them out of mailboxes, print thousands of counterfeits and “force” people to sign. Also make names. Away OK, if necessary. Try to use Covid for this scam! The President wrote, without citing any evidence for his claims.
President Trump tweeted several times on Sunday that he believed Democrats were trying to manipulate the 2020 elections through postal voting
The President’s first tweet came just after 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, with a follow-up tweet on the same topic just after 8:30 p.m. on Sunday evening
The president’s concerns seem to be shared by the Republican Party now suing California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Newsom took it upon itself to send any registered voter in the state a ballot paper for the November elections, but Republicans are concerned that the system is open to fraud and that ballot papers sent to people who have died or moved may be completed and sent in any case.
“The election system in California is already full of serious problems. The disastrous Motor Voter program randomly changed voter registration for thousands, raising doubts about the integrity and accuracy of our voter lists, “California Republican President Jessica Millan Patterson said in a statement on Sunday.
The lawsuit has been brought before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
It claims that Californians would be deprived of their constitutional right to vote by making fraudulent votes inevitable.
The GOP sues Governor Gavin Newsom (D) of California, claiming that sending ballot papers to all registered voters in the state is an “illegal seizure of power”
Newsom says the injunction is to curb voters’ possible exposure to coronavirus in polling stations in November and that ballots will be sent to all registered voters across the state
“In direct appropriation of the legislature’s authority, Governor Newsom issued an executive order to rewrite the entire election code for the November 2020 election cycle,” the complaint, which was filed on Sunday, read. “This brutal seizure of power was not permitted by state law and violates both the election clause and the election clause of the United States Constitution.”
The lawsuit alleges that Newsom has “created a recipe for disaster” by sending ballot papers to all registered voters saying “it invites fraud.”
In particular, there are concerns that ballot papers may fall into the wrong hands, especially in large apartment blocks where hundreds of people live.
“Democrats continue to use this pandemic as a ploy to carry out their partisan election agenda, and Governor Newsom’s executive order is the latest direct attack on the integrity of our elections,” RNC chairman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
Rep. Darrell Issa, pictured, has argued that the order could result in “the votes of countless voters being thrown away or not counted.”
“Newsom’s illegal seizure of power is a recipe for disaster that would destroy the confidence that Californians deserve to have their voices safe.”
Judicial Watch, a conservative foundation “that promotes government transparency, accountability, and integrity,” and an activist group primarily focused on Democrats, has acted on behalf of Rep. Darrell Issa made a similar complaint.
Issa claimed that the order could result in “the votes of countless voters being thrown out or not counted” while speaking about Fox news.
Likewise, Judicial Watch claimed that the move “was an illegal attempt to replace and replace California’s election law.”
Newsom eventually signed an order to provide the mail-in ballot papers about the coronavirus concerns and the risk associated with large public gatherings, as would be the case on election day in November.
“Elections and voting rights are fundamental to our democracy,” Newsom said in a statement. No Californian should be forced to risk his health to vote. ‘
“Elections and voting rights are fundamental to our democracy,” Newsom said in a statement.
“No Californian should be forced to risk his health to exercise his right to vote. Mail-in ballot papers are not the perfect solution for everyone, and I look forward to our public health experts and the continued collaboration between the Secretary of State and the legislator to create safer personal opportunities for Californians who cannot vote through mail. ”
Newsom emphasized that California voters would still have access to personal voting sites.
GOP officials are concerned that postal voting will leave the system open to widespread voter fraud, something the president has often shared concerns about.
Facilitating the ability for all registered voters to vote by email during a COVID-19 pandemic is not a partisan issue – it is a moral imperative that will protect voting rights and public health. Vote-by-mail has been used safely and effectively in red, blue and purple states for years. This lawsuit is yet another part of Trump’s political smear campaign against postal voting. We will not allow our democracy to fall victim to this pandemic, “California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) said in a statement on Sunday.