Trump campaign sues three Iowa counties over absentee mailings

The Trump campaign is suing three Iowa counties over their absentee ballot request forms, marking the latest effort to go after states and localities that seek to make it easier to vote by mail this fall.

According to The Associated Press, the campaign is arguing that the mail-in ballot applications for Woodbury, Johnson and Linn county residents violate a directive from Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (R) that stipulated the forms must be completely blank when they're sent out.

The applications sent by those three counties reportedly had some information filled in for recipients. The counties argue that sending blank applications could disenfranchise voters who do not know their voting pin or driver's license number.


Johnson and Linn counties lean Democratic, while Woodbury leans Republican, the AP noted.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE has a slight edge over former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE in Iowa, according to recent polls. A RealClearPolitics average of recent surveys shows Trump with a less than 2 percent point advantage over Biden, who will formally accept the Democratic Party's presidential nomination later this week. Trump won Iowa handily in 2016, defeating then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump asks Biden to give Putin his 'warmest regards' Huma Abedin announces book deal Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records MORE by about 10 percentage points.

A Monmouth University poll released earlier this month showed Trump leading Biden, 48 percent to 45 percent, among registered voters in Iowa, a lead that falls within the margin of error for the survey.

The Trump campaign has sued a number of states for their voting rules as more election officials respond to increased demand for mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit against New Jersey after Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued an executive order mandating that every registered voter in the state receive a mail-in ballot as a safety precaution amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters would still be allowed to cast their ballot in-person.


The Trump campaign filed a similar lawsuit against Nevada, where lawmakers passed a bill along party lines aimed at expanding mail-in voting before the November elections. The measure was signed into law by Gov. Steve SisolakSteve SisolakNevada governor signs law making state first presidential primary Infighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms Nevada bans 'non-functional' grass to combat drought MORE (D).

Trump has criticized mail-in voting in recent weeks, claiming without evidence that it could potentially lead to widespread fraud on Election Day.

The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting Jill Biden wears 'LOVE' jacket 'to bring unity' to meeting with Boris Johnson White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality MORE both requested mail-in ballots for Florida's congressional primary, which was held on Tuesday.