LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal election money from the state of Nevada and state leaders are responding.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak released a statement calling the threat “inappropriate and outrageous” especially during a pandemic and the Nevada Democratic party, NV Dems, is calling it an act of “voter suppression.”
Trump posted a tweet around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and said plans to hold the upcoming primary election by all mail in ballot in Nevada is illegal and set up the possibility for voter fraud.
Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen released the following statement following Trump’s tweet:
“It’s unconscionable that the President would threaten to withhold funds from our state that would save lives and livelihoods during this time of crisis. Access to the ballot box should never be threatened for partisan gain. Nevadans take great pride in making sure every voice is heard in our elections, regardless of party affiliation, and I will continue to work to make sure the upcoming elections are safe and accessible.”
Governor Steve Sisolak said “Nevada is widely recognized as being a national leader in election administration, and we will continue to support the safest, most accessible election possible under these unprecedented circumstances. For the President to threaten federal funding in the midst of a pandemic over a state exercising its authority to run elections in a safe and legal manner is inappropriate and outrageous.”
According to a statement from the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office, Nevadans should not have any worries about voter fraud.
“Nevada has many safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of an all-mail election, including signature requirements and verification processes, preprinted ballot return envelopes, barcode tracking, and laws against ballot harvesting. Voters concerned with mailing in their ballot may drop off their ballot at any designated drop-off location in their county.”
NV Dems issued this response to Trump’s tweet:
“After the Republican Secretary of State made the decision to turn our primary into an all-mail election with two in-person polling locations that would service 87% of our population and result in extremely long lines during a pandemic, it was Democrats who sued for more in-person polling locations to prevent lines and to ensure all registered voters received a ballot. Plain and simple, sending a ballot to every registered voter is the law. The president’s tweet is just another tactic in the GOP’s handbook of voter suppression.”
Trump sent a similar tweet about Michigan which is encouraging voters to sign up for absentee ballots right now.