LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- President Donald Trump expressed his feelings about Nevada's June mail-in primary Wednesday morning, calling the ballots "illegal" and threatening to withhold funds to the state.

In a tweet around 6:10 a.m. May 20, Trump called vote-by-mail ballots "illegal" and said it could lead to "a great Voter Fraud scenario."

State of Nevada “thinks” that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S. They can’t! If they do, “I think” I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections. @RussVought45 @USTreasury


It wasn't immediately clear what funds the President was referring to.

In March, the Nevada Secretary of State announced the move to an entirely mail-in ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the Secretary of State's office touted the lawfulness of the move to a mail-in primary:

In March 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and following state and federal guidance and emergency directives, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, in partnership with Nevada’s 17 county election officials, made the necessary and prudent decision to conduct the 2020 primary election using mail-in ballots. This decision, which was not made lightly, both ensured the primary election could move forward as scheduled and provided a way to protect the health and safety of voters and election workers in Nevada.

For over a century, Nevadans, including members of the military, citizens residing outside the state, voters in designated mailing precincts, and voters requesting absentee ballots, have been voting by mail with no evidence of election fraud. All 17 counties have established processes and procedures in place for safe and secure mail-in voting.

Secretary Cegavske lawfully declared the 2020 primary election as a mail-in election. In a recent court order, a federal judge ruled that Secretary Cegavske lawfully exercised authority granted to her by state law to call for a primary election conducted primarily by mail ballot.

Nevada has many safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of an all-mail election, including signature requirements and verification processes, preprinted ballot return envelopes, barcode tracking, and laws against ballot harvesting. Voters concerned with mailing in their ballot may drop off their ballot at any designated drop-off location in their county.

Gov. Steve Sisolak called Trump's comments "inappropriate and outrageous":

Nevada is widely recognized as being a national leader in election administration, and we will continue to support the safest, most accessible election possible under these unprecedented circumstances. For the President to threaten federal funding in the midst of a pandemic over a state exercising its authority to run elections in a safe and legal manner is inappropriate and outrageous.

Rep. Dina Titus also responded with a message on Twitter:

Trump has yet to comment further on Nevada's primary election as of Wednesday afternoon, but later tweeted something similar about Michigan's mail-in primary plans.

Copyright 2020 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Recommended for you

(12) comments


Why did the Hilary Clinton Attorney meet with the Registrar of voters boss in the State. Possible that the move to change the mail in was talked about during this meeting. We here in Nevada have a due process for this change called a legislature I thought. Let's wait till this goes to the Nevada Supreme Court to decide.


Take your meds before writing nonsense please!


FACTS not FALSE presumptions. Kinda hard to swallow. You should know what's hard to swallow and whats not. FACTS or FALSE??? You decide.


Guaranteed Sleazeolak will try to make the presidential election mail in only. We had fraud in 2016 and it will only get worse in 2020.


We should do all elections with mail-in ballots. It will increase voter turnout and allow us to more closely resemble true democracy. Yes, we will need to increase voter verification measures, such as providing thumbprints with our vote but the pros of a more representative democracy outweigh the potential risks.


your not a patriot! Your delusional

Comment deleted.

While Nevada has a history of industries dominating politics, Communism also has a deep history in the state. The only Nevadan ever nominated for president was Morris Rockwood Preston who ran as a Communist in 1908 until he was forced to drop out of the race when he was arrested for and charged with murder during a miner's strike in Goldfield.


Well, Dems... half a million people out of work in Vegas and you've decided to engage in reindeer games with the leader of the free world. Not a good look. Also, I agree with the President. There's simply too much manipulation and gamesmanship that can occur with mail-in ballots. Fact.


There is no more gamesmanship that can happen with a mail-in ballot than an in-person ballet. Voter identity is confirmed through a signature, same as at the polling place. There is no photo ID used in either case. Also in Nevada we have a mixed executive branch, Democrats and Republicans are part of this decision.


there's been more than half a million out of work before the pandemic. You didn't care then. FACT!


You do realize that the US military has been voting by mail since the civil war??


Vegas is the king of capitalism. Ultra-capitalist city who cares nothing about its citizens, just how much money they can squeeze out of their retarded population and dumb f**k senior citizens with dementia. Glad I left that s**thole full of undereducated a**holes.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.