President Trump’s re-election campaign sued New Jersey over the governor’s plan to mail a ballot to every voter in the state for the November election.
The suit filed in federal court on Tuesday argues that Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy misappropriated the power that resides in the state legislature to change the state’s election laws and violates the Constitution.
“In his haste, the governor created a system that will violate eligible citizens’ right to vote,” the lawsuit says. “By ordering universal vote-by-mail, he has created a recipe for disaster. Fraudulent and invalid votes dilute the votes of honest citizens and deprive them of their right to vote in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
President Trump has defended absentee voting, which is how he votes in Florida, but condemned massive vote-by-mail efforts in the upcoming election because he said it would be rife with fraud.
Murphy announced the voting-by-mail plan last week in an effort to keep polling places closed allegedly to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Some polls would still be open for people to use written provisional ballots and not voting machines to protect duplicate voting.
“As much as we enjoy the time-honored traditions of joining our neighbors in a line to cast our ballots on Election Day, and that includes yours truly, and as much as we are energized by seeking packed polling places, we must recognize that this is not a regular election year,” Murphy said.
The campaign’s lawsuit also noted a council race in Paterson, NJ, which is still up in the air because of allegations of fraud during the May election.
The lawsuit says the Paterson election, conducted entirely by mail, represents the latest in the state’s “long history of problems with voting by mail.”
The campaign and the Republican Party sued Nevada this month to block a law that will allow ballots to be sent to all voters in the state.
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