Federal judge in Montana explodes Trump-backed ‘fiction’ of mass voter fraud


The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit earlier this month after Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive that all counties in the state be mandatorily allowed to switch to the all-mail system for the 2020 election. But District Judge Dana Christenson ruled against Trump’s campaign on Wednesday and rejected his request to block new voting rules.

In his ruling, the judge destroyed the Trump-backed “fantasy” that there is widespread voter fraud in US elections.

“This case requires the court to separate from the narrative,” Christenson wrote. “… Some of the (Trump campaign’s) claims are the controversy that the upcoming election, nationally and in Montana, will be the victim of widespread voter fraud. The evidence suggests, however, that it is alleged, particularly in Montana. Is a fantasy. ”

Christensen, who was appointed to the federal bench by former President Barack Obama in 2011, said election experts and others have sufficient evidence that “there is no significant risk of fraud from the use of mail ballots.”

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So far, the Trump campaign lawsuits in several states across the country have failed to stop the expansion of mail-in voting. A similar lawsuit was dismissed in Nevada last week. Unlike Montana, which is giving counties the option of holding all-mail elections, the Nevada legislature decided that all registered voters would automatically receive a mail ballot.

Wednesday’s ruling is a win for the bulls, as it complements the changes they have made. Bullock is running against Republican Sen. Steve Dens, and could flip the seat if Democrats expect a better performance in November.

In a statement, Bullock said, “I am pleased that today’s decision will enable hundreds of Montana to vote safely – in person or by mail – this upcoming election. Montanans can assure that our local elections Administrators will protect. Security and integrity of the election process. “

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