OAKLAND – Californian Secretary of State Alex Padilla condemned President Donald Trump’s recent tweetstorm, which threatened to pull federal funds to Nevada and Michigan if they emailed, and called him Trump “The clearest example of using disinformation to influence November elections.”
Padilla, who serves as chair of the State Secretaries’ Democratic Association, said in an interview on Wednesday that Trump’s tweets paint a picture of a president who “has fully occupied Ukraine in Michigan and Nevada” by threatening federal funding for the states to shorten Continue with the postal ballot papers.
“It is particularly appalling because there are many blue states that vote a good amount by email, like California – and many red states like Utah,” said Padilla. But Wednesday’s tweets indicate that Trump “is clearly focused on the battlefield of states,” and is concerned about his poll as the November election approaches, he said.
The comments from Padilla, who oversees the elections in the country’s most populous state, suggest that Democratic secretaries of state may be preparing for stronger opposition to Trump’s increasingly aggressive comments – and, in some cases, misrepresentation – leading to pre-election fraud November.
Trump incorrectly characterized Michigan’s mail-in voting guidelines on Wednesday when he tweeted: “Michigan sends postal ballots to 7.7 million people before the primaries and general elections. This was done illegally and without the permission of a villainous foreign minister. I will ask to maintain funding for Michigan if they want to go this way of electoral fraud! “
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement on Tuesday that the state had mailed applications for the August and November primaries – not directly to all state voters.
The White House threat comes from the fact that the Michigan battlefield – a state vital to Trump’s re-election – is exposed to both a particularly severe coronavirus outbreak and the effects of a widespread Tuesday flood that is a state emergency and the immediate evacuation of tens of thousands from the Central Plateau triggered when three dams failed due to heavy rains.
The president also threatened Nevada Wednesday, sending the postal ballot papers for his June area code, tweet: “The state of Nevada” believes “that they can vote illegally by postal vote, which creates a great scenario for electoral fraud for the state and the United States. They cannot! If this is the case, I can hold funds to the state. Sorry, but you can’t cheat in elections. “
California was the first country in the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this month to switch to postal voting due to turnout and health concerns. Padilla announced earlier this month that the country’s most populous state would send postal ballots to 20 million California voters for the November elections to provide a safe alternative for those worried about Covid-19. Personal voting centers will also be available in California.
A POLITICO / Morning Consult poll earlier this month found that nearly three in five US voters said they have a federal law that requires states “all voters to use postal ballot papers for election during the coronavirus pandemic.” support ”, either emphatically or in some way. ”However, the support is divided according to ideological criteria. A super majority of registered or lean Democrats – 77 percent – supported the idea. The Republicans were more divided: 48 percent were against and 42 percent were in favor.
Padilla said Trump had “clearly acted against California” in the past, with repeated false claims of widespread election fraud – and recently tweeted that the CA-25 House special election had been “manipulated.” He said these claims had never been proven, “so it is nothing new” that he would make false claims about other countries.
But “whenever there is a federal proposal to modernize the elections, Republicans – starting with [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell is the first to cry out of the mountains where states are voting, “said Padilla.” So I wait to see if they have the backbone to stand up to Trump in this case. “