In this Saturday, May 30, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Credit: Patrick Semansky | AP

CONCORD, N.H. — President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee want to intervene in a lawsuit by the American Federation of Teachers challenging New Hampshire’s voting procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports the union sued to force New Hampshire to extend its deadline for accepting absentee ballots by mail; to cover absentee ballot postage costs; to allow wider use of absentee ballot dropboxes; and to permit third-party groups to return absentee ballots on voters’ behalf. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states.

The lawsuit is focused on the November election. The AFT says the changes are necessary to ensure as many people as possible can safely participate.

State officials say changing the rules now would only create more problems.

“What the plaintiffs want in this case is judicial rewriting of most or a substantial portion of our absentee ballot laws,” Assistant Attorney General Anthony Galdieri told a judge during a virtual hearing Tuesday. “And the state has exceptional concerns that that’s going to create voter confusion, it’s going to create election official confusion and it has the potential to result in the disenfranchisement of voters.”

In New Hampshire, absentee ballots sent by mail must arrive by 5 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.