President Donald Trump is now testing the waters to see if he can throttle plans for voting by mail. From Politico:
Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee have taken to the courts dozens of times as part of a $20 million effort to challenge voting rules, including filing their own lawsuits in several battleground states, including Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Nevada. And around the time Trump started musing about delaying the election last week, aides and outside advisers began scrambling to ponder possible executive actions he could take to curb mail-in voting — everything from directing the postal service to not deliver certain ballots to stopping local officials from counting them after Election Day.
Conservative radio host John Fredericks, who serves on the Trump campaign’s advisory committee says Trump fans “think Trump is going to win legitimately, but the Democrats are trying to steal the election by manipulating mail-out ballots. They want the president to jawbone enough so there’s a level of outrage to get rid of these ballots.”
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative group that has sued in North Carolina and Pennsylvania over the accuracy of voting rolls, argued “This is a rare case where the president is not overstating the case. Frankly he’s understating the problem that I think we are going to face on Election Day. The system is going to break.”
White House spokeswoman Sarah Matthews stated, “All Americans deserve an election system that is secure and President Trump is highlighting that Democrats’ plan for universal mail-in voting would lead to fraud. While Democrats continue to call for a radical overhaul of our nation’s voting system, President Trump will continue to work to ensure the security and integrity of our elections.”
Hans von Spakovsky, a former member of the Federal Election Commission claimed, “We’re only three months from the election. To think states could do this by November is impractical.”
While Trump took a defiant stance. “I have the right to do it,” he told reporters a week ago. “We haven’t gotten there yet. We’ll see what happens.”