President Trump on Saturday accused California of “trying to steal another election” by allowing state residents to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.
“So in California, the Democrats, who fought like crazy to get all mail in only ballots, and succeeded, have just opened a voting booth in the most Democrat area in the State, Trump tweeted on Saturday.
“They are trying to steal another election,” he falsely claimed. “It’s all rigged out there. These votes must not count. SCAM!”
So in California, the Democrats, who fought like crazy to get all mail in only ballots, and succeeded, have just opened a voting booth in the most Democrat area in the State. They are trying to steal another election. It’s all rigged out there. These votes must not count. SCAM!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2020
Trump has repeatedly attacked mail in voting in recent weeks, even as he used one himself when he voted (presumably for himself) in Florida’s presidential primary in March.
Trump’s attacks came in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement on Friday that his state would issue a mail-in ballot to every registered voter for November’s election.
Newsom issued the decision as an executive order in coordination with other California officials.
The order will require all county election officials to provide mail-in ballots to voters, but it also provisions for in-person voting stations for Californians with disabilities, those without an address due to homelessness and voters who need voting materials in a language other than English.
According to the order, the governor will coordinate with the secretary of state and the California legislature to make in-person voting as safe as possible. In California, the secretary of state is the top election official, tasked with overseeing voting equipment, security and accessibility.
“Today we become the first state in the nation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by mailing every registered voter a ballot,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said of the decision. “We are meeting our obligation to provide an accessible, secure, and safe election this November. Sending every registered voter a ballot by mail is smart policy and absolutely the right thing to do during this COVID-19 pandemic.”