President Trump, who also voted by absentee ballot, properly signed the envelope and mailed it on time, but listed the wrong birthdate (July 14, 1946 instead of June 14), the Daily News said.
MI was a key swing state in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump is fighting hard to retain it.
Trump's threat to halt funding was issued hours after floods forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central MI.
A 2018 ballot measure allows for no-reason absentee voting, and roughly 99% of participating voters in the May 5 election did so by mail.
"I will ask to hold up funding to MI if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!." he wrote.
Today President Trump threatened to withhold federal funds from MI and Nevada because he doesn't like the way they want to expand absentee voting during the pandemic.
In a tweet about Nevada on May 20, Trump wrote that he "can hold up funds to the State".
MI voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 to allow no-excuse absentee ballots, along with a number of other changes to make access to voting easier. That means the local election clerk mails them applications ahead of every election. "Making this small change to our witness requirements during this global pandemic will not damage that integrity - it will only make our elections stronger by ensuring that all voters have as few barriers as possible to exercise their constitutional right". MI officials replied that ballot applications, not actual ballots, have been sent out.
The president later posted a tweet noting the state had sent applications, not ballots.
A group of Democratic-affiliated organizations, including the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the progressive political nonprofit Priorities USA, had also initially sued against the all-mail primary, though they dropped their legal challenge after Clark County election officials agreed to expand in-person voting sites.
Voting by mail to avoid falling victim to a global pandemic? "When you have a reason that you're unable to be present". He has said repeatedly, without evidence, that mailed ballots allow widespread fraud and has anxious publicly that wide availability could lead so many people to vote that Republicans would lose in November.
If voting by mail was good enough for Trump, then it's good enough for all of us.
Still, Trump and some of his Republican allies have concluded that it helps Democrats, and they are trying to restrict its expansion amid the pandemic.
Whitmer, who is thought to be under consideration as a potential Democratic vice presidential candidate, rebuffed Trump's idea.
The primary election is less than two weeks away, and voters have a few options when it comes to casting their ballots. Trump is tested daily; he said Thursday he tested negative that morning.
He also softened his threat to remove funding. While I don't know of any clerks who actually demand evidence to prove excuses, I do believe it discourages people from voting absentee and the numbers bear that out; Kentucky has one of the lowest rates of absentee voting in the nation.