Twelve Democratic governors issued a joint assertion on Wednesday defending American democracy, vowing that each legitimate poll might be counted within the election after President Donald Trump sowed mistrust throughout the first presidential debate.
Donald Trump claimed with out proof Tuesday evening that mail voting — surging in reputation throughout the coronavirus pandemic — is ripe for fraud, and he refused to say whether or not he would settle for the outcomes. He additionally referred to as on his backers to scrutinize voting procedures on the polls, which critics stated might cross into voter intimidation.
With out mentioning Trump by title, the governors famous his refusal final week to decide to a peaceable transition of energy.
“Any efforts to throw out ballots or refuse a peaceable switch of energy are nothing lower than an assault on democracy,” they wrote. “There’s completely no excuse for selling the intimidation or harassment of voters. These are all blatant makes an attempt to disclaim our constituents the appropriate to have their voices heard, as assured within the U.S. Structure, and to know the desire of the folks might be carried out.”
Signing the assertion had been Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Gavin Newsom of California, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Ralph Northam of Virginia, Jay Inslee of Washington, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Tim Walz of Minnesota, Kate Brown of Oregon, Steve Sisolak of Nevada, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and John Carney of Delaware.
The governors stated all legitimate ballots solid in accordance with state and native legal guidelines should be counted and if Trump loses, “he should depart workplace — interval.”
They wrote that elections aren’t “an train in controlling energy” and that disenfranchising voters “strikes on the very coronary heart” of democracy.
“We name on elected leaders in any respect ranges, from each events, to talk out loudly in opposition to such efforts within the weeks forward,” they stated.
Trump marketing campaign spokesperson Thea McDonald accused Democrats of “working to shred election integrity guidelines throughout the nation to stack the deck for his or her lackluster candidate.” Republicans, she stated, “are aiming for an election with outcomes all Individuals can belief.”