Cortez Masto touts mail-in voting in convention speech

Cortez Masto touts mail-in voting in convention speech
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Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoConservative group targeting Kelly, Hassan, Cortez Masto in multi-million-dollar ad blitz 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Historic immigration reform included in House-passed spending bill MORE (D) defended voting by mail Monday in a Democratic National Convention speech delivered from her kitchen.

Cortez Masto, the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate, defended the security of voting by mail, a process derided by President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE as a potential source of election fraud. 

"Despite what the president says, voting by mail has been a secure, proven option for decades," said Cortez Masto.

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"In 2016, 33 million Americans voted by mail. Even Donald Trump has requested an absentee ballot twice this year," added Cortez Masto, who was in consideration to be former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE's running mate before dropping out of contention in May.

"This fall, some Americans will choose to vote in a voting booth with a mask on, while many of us will choose to vote by mail," said Cortez Masto. 

The Nevada senator said her home state "took the advice of scientists and medical experts" to implement its mail-in voting system.

"But Donald Trump is trying to divide us by undermining that right," she said, referencing administration threats to cut funding to the state. 

"Now he is putting the lives of Nevada's seniors at risk by trying to defund the post office," said Cortez Masto.

"Well, Mr. President, Nevada is not intimidated by you. America is not intimidated by you," she added.

"And this fall, we will send Joe Biden to the White House and we'll flip the U.S. Senate," said Cortez Masto, who also serves as chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"With [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers remember Bob Dole: 'Bona fide American hero' Senate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 MORE [R-Ky.] out of power and a Democratic majority in the Senate, we will expand voting access and protect voting rights," she added.