Lansing, Mitch. – Twelve Democratic governors released a joint statement Wednesday defending American democracy, promising that every valid ballot in the election will be counted after President Donald Trump sows distrust during the coup. First Presidential Debate.
Trump Claimed without proof Tuesday night’s postal vote – popular during corona virus outbreaks – is ripe for fraud and he has refused to say whether he will accept the results. He called on his supporters to explore voting practices in the polls, which critics said could lead to voter intimidation.
Without naming Trump, the governors said his rTo efusal last week For a peaceful transition of power.
“Any attempt to withdraw the ballot or refuse to transfer power peacefully is no less than an attack on democracy,” they wrote. “There is no reason to encourage intimidation or harassment of the electorate. These are all blatant attempts to deny the right to be heard and to know the will of the people, as guaranteed by the US Constitution.”
The report was signed by Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Gavin Newsome of California, and J.P. Illinois. Pritzker, Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Ralph Northam of Virginia, Jay Insley of Washington, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Tim Walls of Minnesota, Kate Brown of Oregon, Steve Sissolak of Nevada, Michael Gijon of New Mexico and Greece.
Governors said all valid votes cast should be counted under state and local law, and that if Trump loses, he should “step down.”
They wrote that elections were not “an exercise in controlling power” and that “voting of the electorate” was “at heart”.
“We call on elected leaders from both sides, at all levels, to speak out against such initiatives in the coming weeks,” they said.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Thea McDonald accused Democrats of “acting to deck their dull candidate to break the rules of electoral integrity across the country.” The Republicans said, “All Americans are aiming for an election with credible results.”