Washington – President Trump’s re-election campaign is suing Nevada over a newly passed bill that expands postal voting for the November general election, marking the president’s latest attack on efforts to expand the use of ballots over the coronavirus pandemic.
The lawsuit filed by Trump, the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party in Nevada against Secretary of State Barbara Chegavsko, a Republican, on Tuesday seeks Assembly Bill 4 that would send all active registered voters in Nevada mail ballots to November 3. The Trump campaign claims that the measure “makes voter fraud and other illegal voting inevitable.”
“Many of AB4’s provisions are scratchy on the head – especially given the major irregularities in Nevada’s primary elections in June 2020 and the fact that AB4 is changing so many election laws so close to the 2020 general election,” Republicans said. in his trial.
The legal challenge of the Trump and GOP campaigns claims that some provisions of the bill are unconstitutional, including one requiring election officials to count ballots received within three days of election day, even the date it is stamped , is not clear. They also target two sections of the bill, which dictate the number of private polling stations for early voting and voting day, arguing that the provisions will lead to more polling stations for voters in urban cities than in rural areas.
In their primary election in June, many Nevada voters waited for hours to cast their ballots, leaving election officials concerned about the November election, when turnout is expected to be higher.
Trump’s campaign is asking the federal court to block the enforcement of the measure, which she said was illegal and “governs Nevada’s election laws and requires major changes in electoral procedures and processes.”
“Republicans have always supported efforts to make it easier for voters to cast their ballots,” the lawsuit said. “At the same time, however, the electoral process cannot function properly if it lacks integrity and leads to chaos.”
Nevada Democratic Party President William McCardy II shook up the GOP case, calling it “a shaman designed to intimidate states to pursue expanding access to voting.”
“As states fill the void of Trump’s leadership and begin to address the challenge of protecting both the health of voters and their constitutional right to vote, Trump and Republicans are fainting,” he said in a statement. “That’s because Trump doesn’t want to hear from people, he knows what they’re going to say.”
The bill was passed on party issues at a special session of parliament in Nevada, which convened on Friday and was signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, on Monday. The state is now joining seven others that will automatically send ballots to active registered voters.
Mr Trump mounted attacks on postal voting in the November election as states sought to expand the use of postal ballots to protect voters from the coronavirus, claiming without evidence that it led to voter fraud. On Monday, the president accused Nevada lawmakers of staging an “illegal late-night coup” that would make it difficult for Republicans to win the state in the upcoming election.
“The postal service could never handle the trafficking of votes by mail without preparation,” he tweeted. “Using Covid to steal the state. I’ll see you in court!”