President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on Friday, May 8, ripped into Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D-Calif.) executive order allowing registered voters in the state to vote by mail in the upcoming presidential election.

“This is a thinly veiled political tactic by Gov. Newsom to undermine election security. There’s a vast difference between people voting absentee by mail because they can’t be at the poll on Election Day versus mailing everyone a ballot—even those who didn’t request one—is a wide open opportunity for fraud,” Trump campaign Communication Director Tim Murtaugh wrote.

“California has a bad record on ensuring that people on the voter rolls still live at the same address, still reside in California, or are even still alive. Everyone is concerned about the safety of voters, but jeopardizing election security is the wrong way to go about it,” he added.

Citing health concerns caused by the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic, Newsom on Friday signed the order that will allow voters in California to receive a mail-in ballot, adding that he is committed to providing the ability to vote at a physical location on Election Day.

“There’s a lot of concern and excitement around this November’s election in terms of making sure that you can conduct yourself in a safe way and to make sure your health is protected and to make sure we are reaching out to all registered, eligible voters,” he said in a press conference. “And giving them the opportunity, giving them the choice not to feel like they have to go into a concentrated, dense environment where their health may be at risk but provide an additional asset and additional resources by way of voting by mail.”

Mail-in voting is being vigorously pushed by Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. President Donald Trump denounced the move, citing “tremendous potential for voter fraud.”

“Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans,” he wrote in a tweet.

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