Saturday June 19th, 2021 9:48PM

GOP and Trump campaign sue Montana over all-mail voting

By The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican Party sued Montana on Wednesday over Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's plan giving counties the choice to use all mail ballots this November.

The lawsuit alleges Bullock's directive would dilute the integrity of Montana's election system.

The legal challenge is the latest attempt by Trump to block mail-in balloting, which he has claimed without proof will lead to widespread fraud. His campaign and the Republican Party also filed a lawsuit last month over a new law in Nevada that will automatically send voters mail ballots this November, contending the plan would undermine the election’s integrity.

The lawsuit in Montana names Bullock and Republican Secretary of State Cory Stapleton as defendants. Bullock and Stapleton did not immediately respond to emails and phone messages seeking comment.

Bullock isn't running for governor again, but is facing incumbent Sen. Steve Daines in the race for the U.S. Senate.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel accused Bullock of using the coronavirus as “a power grab to take control of Montana’s elections in the name of ‘health.’”

“This rushed and unconstitutional directive creates a patchwork election code with no uniform procedures across the state, automatically mails ballots to voters, and invites fraud, manipulation and administrative chaos. Upending our elections process in the 11th hour is a recipe for disaster," said McDaniel in a statement.

The suit was filed by the Republican National Committee, Trump’s presidential campaign, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Montana Republican State Central Committee.

Montana currently allows for voting by mail, but only at the request of the voter. Under Bullock’s directive, issued following a request from county clerks across the state, counties have the option to hold an all-mail ballot election in November.

The deadline for counties to notify Stapleton on how they will conduct the elections is on Friday, and many of the state’s largest counties have already announced they will hold all-mail voting in November.

Trump has contended voting by mail systems lack safeguards against fraud. But five states use universal mail voting with no major incidents of fraud.

“Even though Governor Bullock has watched President Trump’s team take down the unilateral power grabs of one liberal governor after another, he has now taken his ill-fated aim at last-minute election rule changes," said Matthew Morgan, Trump's campaign attorney, in a statement.


Iris Samuels is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Elections, AP Elections - Campaigns
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Clippers' Morris, Mavs' Doncic fined for actions in Game 6
Marcus Morris of the Los Angeles Clippers has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, who was penalized $15,000 for throwing the ball at a referee
2:33PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Germany says Soviet-era nerve agent used on Russia's Navalny
The German government says Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the same type of Soviet-era nerve agent that British authorities identified in a 2018 attack on a former Russian spy
2:19PM ( 17 minutes ago )
The Latest: Kvitova eased into 3rd round of US Open
Sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova needed only two sets to reach the the third round of the U.S. Open, the Grand Slam event that has been her most elusive
2:15PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Biden says school reopening a national emergency
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says the issue of safely reopening America’s schools is a “national emergency.”
1:52PM ( 44 minutes ago )
New US sanctions on international tribunal prosecutor, aide
The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and one of her top aides for continuing to investigate war crimes allegations against Americans
1:51PM ( 45 minutes ago )
Fox, C-SPAN, NBC moderators for upcoming Trump-Biden debates
Representatives from Fox News, C-SPAN and NBC will moderate the upcoming debates between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden
1:18PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Belarusian journalists face charges for covering protests
Dozens of journalists have gathered outside a police station in the capital of Belarus to protest the detention of colleagues covering a demonstration against the nation’s authoritarian president and an election the opposition sees as rigged
1:08PM ( 1 hour ago )
Markey defeats Kennedy III in Massachusetts’ Senate primary
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has defeated challenger U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Tuesday’s Democratic Senate primary, setting the stage for another possible six-year term and marking the first time a Kennedy has lost a race for Congress in Massachusetts
12:06AM ( 14 hours ago )
Trump spins baseless tale of ‘thugs’ flying to protests
President Donald Trump is recycling a baseless conspiracy theory to claim that recent protests have been orchestrated by powerful people in “dark shadows” who arranged flights for black-clad agitators
12:03AM ( 14 hours ago )
AP Elections
New focus for campaign: Will Biden or Trump keep you safer?
The battle over who can keep Americans safe after recent violent protests has emerged as a sharp dividing line for the presidential campaign’s final weeks
10:00PM ( 1 day ago )
Planes, pizza and Cher: Biden resumes campaign travel
Joe Biden has resumed something resembling traditional campaigning for the first time in nearly six months
8:56PM ( 1 day ago )
Trump goes mostly dark in TV advertising fight with Biden
President Donald Trump has pulled most of his advertising from TV over the past week, ceding the airwaves to Democratic rival Joe Biden, who is currently outspending him by more than 10-to-1
8:39PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Elections - Campaigns
Germany says Soviet-era nerve agent used on Russia's Navalny
The German government says Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the same type of Soviet-era nerve agent that British authorities identified in a 2018 attack on a former Russian spy
2:19PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Trump flexes power of incumbency in North Carolina trip
President Donald Trump will use the power of incumbency to his advantage Wednesday, opting to make a personal appearance in a key battleground state to declare the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina a World War II “Heritage City.”
2:14PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Owner of burned business accuses Trump of misleading public
The owner of a camera shop that was destroyed during unrest in Kenosha and highlighted during President Donald Trump’s visit says the president used his store for political gain by appearing with a former owner of the business
2:14PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Biden calls for charges for violent citizens and police
Joe Biden is hammering President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak ahead of a planned trip to Wisconsin, a pivotal swing state that’s become a focal point for political debate over protest-related violence, police treatment of people of color and the actions of vigilante militias
2:12PM ( 24 minutes ago )
75th anniversary of end of WWII is mostly virtual amid virus
Some of the U.S. veterans who planned to climb aboard a battleship in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor to mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender that ended World War II will be watching livestreams from home instead
1:59PM ( 37 minutes ago )