According to the ruling by Judge Analisa Torres of Federal District Court in Manhattan, the absentee ballots are to be counted "without regard to whether such ballots are postmarked by June 23". But the real concern here isn't that Trump might find a way to move the election - it's what he is communicating to his supporters when he voices the idea, and what he is setting the groundwork to do. Claiming in a Thursday tweet that a vote-by-mail election would be "the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history", the president also added "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"
Miller criticized efforts by states including Nevada for moving toward expanding mail-in balloting during emergencies like the coronavirus epidemic, as well as other states that will count ballots postmarked november 3 that arrive after Election Day. Many states are now looking at expanding mail-in voting to ease the process during the pandemic.
Trump also doubled down on the detractions of a mail-in voting system. After Salon's review with Oconee County election officials, it appears four of those absentee ballots were cast by mail.
Election experts say voter fraud of any kind, including incidents related to mail-in ballots, is vanishingly rare. One of the agenda items he listed was "ensuring Nevadans can exercise their fundamental right to vote in a way that does not dangerously expose them to increased risk of COVID-19 infection". About 1.3 million people voted during the primary in person, and about 1.5 million voted by mail under rules that allowed it for the first time without the voter providing a reason he or she could not vote in person. "Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation".
"Studies have been done whether or not it favors a particular party".
He took aim at a provision that expands who can collect and return ballots, which he said enabled individuals to "take thousands of ballots, put them together and just dump them down on somebody's desk after a certain period of time".
Media had reported that about 12,000 ballots were disqualified.
Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of NY said Monday that state election officials must count ballots that were late and/or did not have a postmark. That's basically the same as the 50% average of all voters across the three states. Many polls show this, though with varying margins of difference, and Trump's supporters are determined to keep as many people from voting as they can in order to hang on to power. Expansion of vote-by-mail options across the country allows us to achieve both.
"The biggest threat is that we're not going to have a fair election or we're not going to have an election that voters, or a good chunk of voters, would accept as legitimate", Hasen, who is also the author of "Election Meltdown", said.
To the Trump campaign's credit, they seem to recognize the importance of reaching voters early.
In this new outlook, Trump starts with a solid base of 125 electoral votes from 20 states that are most likely to be uncontested in the fall.
Whether those ads work is another question.
Love scolded Trump for heaping doubt on the election results instead of focusing on his job ahead of November.