Trump Threatens Funds For Michigan For Easing Voting In Pandemic

May 21, 2020

FILE- In this file photo, voters wait to fill out absentee ballots the day before the general election in Detroit.
Credit AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has threatened to hold back federal funding from two election battleground states that are making it easier to vote by mail during the pandemic. He later backed away somewhat from that threat but stuck with his claim that widespread voting by mail promotes “a lot of illegality.” Trump targeted Michigan and Nevada on Wednesday. At first he claimed Michigan was sending out more than 7 million mail-in ballots, but after criticism he corrected that to say mail-in ballot “applications." Republican election officials have sent out applications in several other states, too.