At least a half dozen states including Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia are said to be reviewing their legal options against the administration.
“We’re considering all options, including legal options against the President and the postmaster general,” Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday.
“There are a lot of barriers being put up from the administration — whether that’s trying to force Americans to risk their very lives to cast a ballot, to meddling with the Post Office, sabotaging the way we deliver mail, to falsehoods and lies about vote by mail,” Griswold said on AC360 on Friday. “So, I just think it’s so important that every elected official, every elections official and every American citizen start sounding the alarm. The rhetoric coming out of the White House is something that you hear under dictatorships, not in the United States. We have to act. We cannot allow him to tilt this election.”
The Post also reported that the states involved in discussions expect to announce legal action early this week, according to several people involved in the talks.
A handful of state officials made their thoughts known on Twitter this weekend.
- “Trump is attempting to undermine this election — but we won’t let him,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
- North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said he was “reviewing all legal options to protect this election. … Pres. Trump admitted to trying to starve USPS of $ so it can’t deliver absentee ballots. His political appointee/donor is actively undermining timely mail delivery. USPS just warned NC about ballot delays,” he wrote.
- “In Arizona, it’s against the law to ‘delay the delivery of a ballot.’ I’ve asked Attorney General Brnovich to investigate recent changes at USPS, and whether or not the Trump administration has committed a crime,” said Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat, announced on Friday that he has made a criminal referral to his state’s attorney general and asked him to empanel a grand jury to investigate whether the Trump administration has violated any state election laws.