Late Tuesday (Aug. 4) Trump campaign continued to denounce the aptness of mail-in-voting by filing a lawsuit against Nevada over their expansion of the voting method.
What We Know
- Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada, on Monday, signed into law that all of the state’s active voters will have ballots mailed to them. The new law, known as AB4, extends the state’s previous mail-in voting procedures.
- AB4 recognizes the growing risk of COVID-19 in Nevada; thus, the law allocates $3 million in federal aid for mail-in-voting. The bill allows individuals not to have to physically go to the polling center on Election Day though it does not prohibit in-person voting.
- There are specific provisions of the law that have caused many Nevada citizens to protest. One of the provisions in the law causing opposition allows the “harvesting” of ballots. Ballot harvesting allows for non-family members or political operators to collect or gather ballots, specifically in cases of the elderly or those who are disabled.
- In response to the growing opposition towards the provision, Governor Sisolak expressed on NPR, “It’s my job to ensure that people don’t have to choose between their health and the ability to vote, exercise their right to vote, and that’s what we intend to do in November.”
- In contrary to the seemingly democratic legislation, President Trump to issue a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction blocking the bill. Governor Sisolak responded to the Trump Campaign’s lawsuit against the state, saying, “It doesn’t matter much to me, frankly. I mean, we’re very, very confident about the legality of what we’ve passed.”
As the politicization of mail-in-voting continues to divide voters, Election Day grows closer, and the pandemic continues to plague the country, ultimately leaving it up to the states to decide the best voting method for their citizens.