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Trump threatens funding after Michigan absentee ballot move

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Nadya Peek
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President Donald Trump says he wants to hold up coronavirus funding for Michigan, saying erroneously that the state had mailed absentee ballots to millions of voters. Michigan used federal coronavirus relief funding to mail applications for absentee ballots, not the ballots themselves.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Tuesday she would send absentee ballot applications to all registered Michigan voters.

Trump has been vocal in his opposition to voting by mail. He claims the practice is ripe for fraud even though there is scant evidence of wrongdoing with mail-in votes. The president says he'll ask aides about holding up the funding, though it's unclear what authority he has to do so.

Emma is a communications specialist with the digital team at Michigan Radio. She works across all departments at Michigan Radio, with a hand in everything from digital marketing and fundraising to graphic design and website maintenance. She also produces the station's daily newsletter, The Michigan Radio Beat.
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