Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson fired back after President Trump threatened to withhold federal funding for the state, falsely claiming that Benson had mailed out millions of absentee ballots.
Trump tweeted early on Tuesday claiming that Michigan sent “absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election.”
Trump issued his threat after Benson announced all registered voters would receive applications for absentee ballots in the mail this year in an effort to avoid crowded polling places amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He falsely claimed that the move was done “illegally by a rogue Secretary of State.”
Benson responded to the president, saying, “Hi! I also have a name, it’s Jocelyn Benson. And we sent applications, not ballots. Just like my colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia,” in a tweet.
Hi! 👋🏼 I also have a name, it’s Jocelyn Benson. And we sent applications, not ballots. Just like my GOP colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia. https://t.co/kBsu4nHvOy
— Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson) May 20, 2020
Benson also said in a statement Tuesday that sending mail-in applications to voters would ensure that they can cast their ballots safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“By mailing applications, we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Benson said. “Voting by mail is easy, convenient, safe, and secure, and every voter in Michigan has the right to do it.”
All of the states Benson cited in her tweet Tuesday have GOP secretaries of state.
State of Nevada “thinks” that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S. They can’t! If they do, “I think” I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections. @RussVought45 @USTreasury
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020