U.S. Rep. Lawrence Leads Letter Refuting President Trump’s Baseless Claims Against Vote-by-Mail
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) led 16 of her colleagues in the House of Representatives in sending a letter to President Donald Trump refuting his continued and misleading attacks on vote-by-mail. As COVID-19 cases around the country continue to surge, many states have expanded their vote-by-mail policies to allow Americans to participate in the 2020 election in the safest manner possible. With less than 100 days until Election Day, elected officials should be promoting safe voting practices, not spreading false narratives that threaten voter confidence.
“The right to vote is a key tenet of our democracy,” said Rep. Lawrence. “President Trump has continually taken actions to undermine our democracy, so it should come as no surprise that he is spreading false and misleading information about the safest way for Americans to vote during this public health crisis: vote-by-mail. In the midst of a global pandemic, states have rightfully enacted measures to expand vote-by-mail to ensure the protection of both their voters and poll workers. Over the past few months, as states were forced to close polling locations, mask-wearing Americans have waited hours in lines stretching city blocks to cast their votes. While their resilience is laudable, the simple fact remains that no American should be forced to choose between their health and participating in our democracy.”
“Whether by tweet or during an interview, President Trump continues to falsely claim that the 2020 election will be rigged, going so far as to say he may not accept the election results if he loses,” continued Rep. Lawrence. “Instead of peddling baseless conspiracy theories, the administration should encourage all Americans to participate in the upcoming election via mail as we struggle to contain COVID-19. No matter how many times the President repeats his claims, they will not be true. Voting by mail is safe and secure, and any suggestion to the contrary is nothing more than another attempt to suppress the vote of the American people.”
A copy of the letter can be found here.