President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign sued New Jersey on Tuesday over the state’s decision to let residents choose whether they want to mail in their ballots or vote in person.
Donald J. Trump for President, the New Jersey Republican State Committee, and the Republican National Committee filed the lawsuit asking the court to overrule Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order instituting the rules that would give voters an option to avoid voting in person during the coronavirus pandemic.
“In his haste, the governor created a system that will violate eligible citizens’ right to vote,” the lawsuit says. “By ordering universal vote-by-mail, he has created a recipe for disaster. Fraudulent and invalid votes dilute the votes of honest citizens and deprive them of their right to vote in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Trump has defended absentee voting and has used the system to vote in Florida, but he has repeatedly said expanding mail-in-voting will result in fraud.
Trump has also warned activists could double-count ballots, take ballots out of mailboxes, or print off their own ballots and sign them, all part of covert “Democrat meddling”: