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In Democratic National Convention Address, Senator Cortez Masto Defends Vote-By-Mail, Rebukes Trump’s Attacks on Postal Service & Threat to Withhold Funds from Nevada

Senator Cortez Masto: “Mr. President: Nevada is not intimidated by you. America is not intimidated by you.”

Senator Cortez Masto: “With Mitch McConnell out of power and a Democratic majority in the Senate, we will expand voting access and protect voting rights.”

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto delivered a national address tonight during the Democratic National Convention defending vote-by-mail as a safe option for Nevada voters and Americans across the country to cast their ballots this fall. She also spoke out against the president’s attacks on the Postal Service and threat to withhold funds from Nevada for enacting a vote-by-mail system ahead of the election this November. Senator Cortez Masto, who serves as Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), also highlighted the importance of flipping the Senate and electing a Democratic majority that will expand access to the ballot box and protect voting rights.

Here are Senator Cortez Masto’s remarks as prepared for delivery: 

Hi, I’m Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. This year, more Americans than ever before are going to vote from rooms like this. Marking their ballots at the kitchen table, exercising one of our most fundamental rights from home. 

Despite what the president says, voting by mail has been a secure, proven option for decades: in 2016, 33 million Americans voted by mail. Even Donald Trump has requested an absentee ballot twice this year.

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. 

My home state took the advice of scientists and medical experts—and listened to the people of Nevada—to put in place a vote-by-mail system, so voters have a lot of options this fall. 

But Donald Trump is trying to divide us by undermining that right. 

He has threatened to withhold federal funding to Nevada because of our vote-by-mail system. That’s funding our schools and seniors rely on.

He has challenged us in court with a meritless lawsuit—one that our Republican secretary of state has asked the judge to dismiss.

And now he is putting the lives of Nevada’s seniors at risk by trying to defund the post office. Here’s what that means: they won’t be able to get their prescriptions, because he wants to win an election.

Mr. President: Nevada is not intimidated by you. America is not intimidated by you. 

We are united by shared values, shared history, and shared rights—including our fundamental right to vote.

And this fall, we’ll send Joe Biden to the White House, and we’ll flip the U.S. Senate. With Mitch McConnell out of power and a Democratic majority in the Senate, we will expand voting access and protect voting rights. 

To do this, America, we need you on our side. Go to JoeBiden.com right now to chip in. And then head over to FlipTheSenate.com to help us take back the Senate.

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell know how to divide—but we know how to stand together and turn this country around.