The Nevada legislature has passed a bill that would expand mail-in voting in the state for the November general election, but Donald Trump has vowed to challenge it. This announcement comes just one day after his own campaign sent out an email encouraging voters to get their mail-in ballots as soon as possible.
Five states currently conduct all elections entirely by mail: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. Trump is also attacking the US Postal Service, instituting a deliberate slowdown which he assumes will impact mail-in voting as well.
Trump accused Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak, who is expected to sign the bill into law, of using the coronavirus to “steal” the election and make it “impossible” for Republicans to win in Nevada, which was one of the few states won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 that the Trump campaign thinks could be competitive in 2020. Minnesota and New Hampshire are two other Trump targets.
““In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!”
Ironically, Trump voted by mail during New York’s mayoral election in 2017, cast an absentee ballot during the state’s midterm election the following year, and again used a vote-by-mail ballot in Florida’s primary election in 2020. In 2017, Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their daughter, Ivanka Trump, all cast absentee votes during New York’s mayoral race. To make Trump’s attack on Nevada even more confusing, the Trump campaign is urging voters in Pennsylvania, another battleground state, to get their ballots as soon as possible.
By sowing confusion regarding both the mail service and voting by mail, Trump is clearly signaling that he believes he can’t win against Joe Biden in November. Polls show Biden leading Trump nationally by as much as 15 points in some states.