According to a report published by Politico on Saturday, President Donald Trump has been brainstorming with Republican allies on congress on how to disrupt mail-in voting ahead of the 2020 election.
“Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee have taken to the courts dozens of times as part of a $20 million effort to challenge voting rules, including filing their own lawsuits in several battleground states, including Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Nevada,” according to Politico’s Anita Kumar.
The report noted that “around the time Trump started musing about delaying the election last week, aides and outside advisers began scrambling to ponder possible executive actions he could take to curb mail-in voting — everything from directing the postal service to not deliver certain ballots to stopping local officials from counting them after Election Day.”
There is no clear legal basis for most of these schemes, as elections are predominantly run at the state level.
However, in a move that many are calling the “Friday night massacre,” Trump’s new Postmaster General removed top executives from key posts in the United States Postal Service and reshuffled more than two dozen other officials and operational managers.
The move is seen by many as an attempt to sabotage mail-in-voting and win reelection by suppressing the vote.