The Trump campaign has accused thousands of absentee voters in Nevada of “criminal voter fraud”, claiming they voted in the battleground state though they no longer reside there, according to The Wall Street Journal.
However, “Military families and Nevada elections officials point to something else: Service members who have legally voted in Nevada after being transferred elsewhere,” The Journal reported.
President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of Nevada’s six electoral votes, according to the Associated Press. He was leading by roughly 31,000 votes on Sunday afternoon, with 93% of the vote counted. The Trump campaign has vowed to investigate alleged voter irregularities and is backing a lawsuit filed in the state challenging ballot counting.
Trump campaign attorneys sent U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr a letter Thursday alleging “criminal voter fraud” in Nevada and asking for an investigation. It sent Mr. Barr a list of unnamed individuals who “appear to have improperly cast mail ballots” in Nevada after moving elsewhere, according to a search of what it called a change-of-address database. The publicly released list gave ZIP Codes of where the voters currently and previously lived, but no other personally identifying information or dates of moves.
The Journal noted that a few hundred of the 3,000 voters look to be connected to the military. Military voters who believe they may be on the list have contacted the ACLU of Nevada with their concerns.
The ACLU said the Trump campaign list includes changes of address to at least 129 Army/Air Post Office addresses, 13 Fleet Post Offices and 15 Diplomatic Post Offices—all designations of military bases. There are others the ACLU said are located in cities near military hubs.
Instances in which voters are eligible to vote if they are out-of-state at election time include “if they are a student, member of the military or military spouse, or working elsewhere with intentions to return to the state, state election officials said.”
Amy Rose, an attorney whose husband is a major in the Air Force, believes she and her husband are on the Trump campaign’s list.
“It’s shocking that the Trump campaign would call these military members criminals for exercising their right to vote,” she said.
Ms. Rose, an attorney who works with veterans, and her husband kept their Nevada voter registrations when the Air Force transferred him to the Defense Innovation Unit in Silicon Valley, she said. She said she and her husband—a flight-test engineer—still considered Nevada home.
“Our voter registration is in Nevada, our cars are registered in Nevada, our licenses are in Nevada,” said Ms. Rose, who said she voted but declined to say for whom. “We just don’t live there because the military has told us to move somewhere else.”
Adam Laxalt, Nevada’s former attorney general and co-chair of the Trump reelection campaign, pointed to the list as the type of voting irregularities they are flagging.
“I don’t know whether these are military folks or not, we just know this is a group of voters that have filed a change of address, yet still voted,” said Mr. Laxalt, who served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy as a prosecutor and legal adviser, including in Iraq. “We believe that some or all of these voters are improper, and a crime has been committed.”
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