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Trump marketing campaign sued to attempt to stop Nevadans from voting by mail

US President Donald Trump watches as General Charles Brown takes the oath of office as the new Chief of Staff of the US Air Force in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on August 4, 2020.

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign on Tuesday night followed threats to sue Nevada for its plan to hold the November election almost entirely by postal vote.

The lawsuit alleging that such a statewide postal vote is unconstitutional comes a day after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a law that would facilitate postal voting for most of the state with a limited number of personal votes.

Trump has been railing against mail-in votes since the spring, arguing that this leads to election fraud. According to numerous studies and studies, there is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud in the USA.

In May, the president threatened on Twitter that he would “withhold money from the state” in order to vote by mail.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Nevada, argues that the bill signed by Sisolak would essentially mean that voters would no longer have to weigh before election day and that a delayed vote count due to possible inertia of the U.S. Postal Service would die Elections beyond that would extend a reasonable time frame.

Nevada law "violates these applicable federal laws by requiring election officials to accept and count ballots received after election day, even if those ballots have no objective evidence that voters cast them on or before election day," it says in the lawsuit. "In short, AB4 is effectively postponing and extending the 2020 Nevada general election after Election Day set by Congress."

The governor's office did not immediately respond to the request for comment on Tuesday evening.

The bill promising every Nevadan will receive a ballot in the mail came following a decision in March by Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske to hold the state's June area code by mail in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic .

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Trump campaign as well as the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Nevada. It rejects Nevada law because the law was passed "by a straight line vote on a Sunday afternoon."

The lawsuit argues that residents' votes may be treated differently depending on where they live, as several Nevada counties lead elections.

The allegation also highlighted the President's concerns about postal voting, which, despite his own use of postal ballot, creates fraud. Examples are given of ballot papers found in the trash and randomly stuffed into mailboxes. Election fraud in Nevada is "inevitable".

However, there is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud, either by mail or otherwise.

In March, Trump said on Fox News' Fox & Friends that the Democratic Party's efforts to make voting easier and more widespread would doom Republicans to failure. "You had voting levels, if you ever voted you would never again have a Republican elected in this country," said the president.

Filing seeks a ruling that the Nevada Mail-In Election Act is unconstitutional under federal electoral law and the Fourteenth Amendment's vow to protect citizens equally.

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