Trump claims mail-in voting a "tremendous fraud," threatens to withhold federal funding from states

by Bryan Brammer · May 21st, 2020 4:16 pm

President Trump on Wednesday voiced his concern with mail-in voting, saying it was a "tremendous fraud," and threatened to withhold federal funding from Michigan and Nevada.

After Trump learned that Michigan's Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was sending out absentee ballot applications to the state's 7.7 million registered voters, he threatened to withhold federal funding.

Trump also made similar threats to Nevada.

Later on Wednesday, Trump reiterated that remote voting is "dangerous."

"Mail-in ballots are very dangerous. There is tremendous fraud involved and tremendous illegality," Trump told reporters. "When you send out 7.7 million mail-in ballots, there's forgeries, there's, frankly, duplication where they print ballots on the same kind of paper with the same kind of machinery and you can't tell the difference and then send in thousands and thousands of fake ballots."

Trump later softened his threat to remove funding, telling reporters that "We'll let you know if it's necessary ... I don't think it's going to be necessary."


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