LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Hundreds of people showed up to protest a new Nevada law that will allow for the November election to be conducted by mail-in voting, a premise the president and some of his supporters are against.
In the sweltering summer sun, hundreds gathered outside of the Grant Sawyer Building near downtown Las Vegas in opposition to AB 4.
"I head about this protest and I wanted to support it because I think it's important to protect your vote," said Cynthia Loyla while holding a Trump-Pence campaign sign.
Voter fraud is one of the main reasons the president and some of his supporters have blasted the move to shift Nevada's November election to an all mail-in model.
The president has vowed legal action against Nevada on social media.
"The bill that was passed the other night is not legal and it didn't happen accordingly, and I don't believe in mail-in voting," said Kimberly Reese, while also holding a campaign sign.
The claims of massive voter fraud are baseless, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's office.
Nevada officials say the state has had absentee voting for decades for those unable to make it to a polling location on election day, such as those who are ill, older, or serving overseas in the military.
The Nevada Secretary of State released a statement regarding the difference between absentee and mail-in voting:
"An absentee ballot is affirmatively requested by the voter, while a mail ballot is automatically sent to the voter without the voter requesting it. That is the only difference. Everything else is the same, including the signature verification and tabulation processes that occur after the voter returns the absentee or mail ballot."
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak went on national TV to defend the bill he signed into law.
"I think they're trying to create a scenario here that doesn't exist trying to raise people suspicions about our process. We have had mail in voting, absentee ballots going on as long as I can remember and save Nevada. We have never had any problems and I certainly don't anticipate any problems this time around," Gov. Sisolak told Anderson Cooper in a recorded interview.
The governor adding the COVID-19 pandemic should not mean voters need to risk their health on election day.
Ballots can be dropped in the mail or returned to any polling location on election day.
Some opponents to the plan to vote by mail do not believe the reason is safety alone.
"I do have a problem with that because we can go to Walmart, Home Depot, all the big box stores, Sam's Clun, everything; we are neck to neck with people and it's OK and all the protesters can go out there and it's OK; it doesn't spread COVID," said Reese.
"In my opinion safety is not worried about and those big things," explained Reese.
The new law allows people to collect ballots that do not belong to them and drop them in the mail or at a polling location on election day.
Some call it "ballot harvesting" and fear votes could be tampered with or the election could be swayed.
Voters will still be able cast a ballot in person on election day if they chose.
Authorities warn to not attempt to vote twice as election officials will be able to detect if a mail-in ballot has already been received.
Voting more than once is felony offense in Nevada.