The President called it illegal to send postal ballots to voters in the state.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Michigan’s plan to send postal ballots to all voters illegal and threatened to strip the state of Federal funding, without citing a specific law.
“This was done by an out-of-control Secretary of state illegally and without permission. I will order the suspension of funding to Michigan if they go down this path of fraud!” – Trump tweeted, addressing the tweet to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the White House chief of staff and acting head of the Budget office.
Michigan Secretary of state Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday announced that all 7.7 million voters would receive absentee ballots ahead of the August primaries and November elections so that “no one has to choose between health and the right to vote.”
Michigan has no apparent bias in favor of either party. In 2016, the state was won by Republican trump, and in 2012 – by Democrat Barack Obama. Trump’s alleged rival in the upcoming election, Joe Biden, served as Vice President under Obama.
Republicans believe that voting by mail leads to fraud and benefits Democrats, while Democrats insist that it allows more people to participate in elections.
Stopping federal funding could have disastrous consequences for the state, which is under the leadership of democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is considered one of Biden’s possible running partners.
In the past two months, a large-scale coronavirus outbreak in the state has imposed strict restrictive measures, which subsequently provoked mass demonstrations by armed demonstrators in the capital of Michigan. And on Tuesday evening, Whitmer declared a state of emergency in parts of the country after two dams burst due to torrential rains, and thousands of residents were forced to leave their homes.