Trump Supports Mail-In Voting in Key Battleground Florida

Cheryl Sanders
August 6, 2020

Out of nowhere, Trump tweeted yesterday, "whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True".

"Sending the request - not the ballot - helps voters participate in the election and means each registered voter in OH can continue to choose one of three options available to them - early voting, absentee voting by mail, or voting in person on Election Day", LaRose was quoted as saying. The tweet represented a moment of unmistakable clarity about why the President has waged war on mail-in ballots: that they may hurt him politically in swing states like Nevada, and that he will make a case for contesting an election result that does not declare him the victor.

Political commentators ripped Trump's change of heart, noting that a number of Republicans had warned the president that he could be scaring Republican mail-in voters into not voting. Sisolak on Monday said that Trump's claims were "crazy, quite frankly".

The suit asks a federal judge to block the legislation, because it "upends Nevada's election laws and requires massive changes in election procedures and processes, makes voter fraud and other ineligible voting inevitable".

Those in Trump's inner circle shared similar concerns, according to The Daily Beast.

State officials reassured voters they can still vote in person in Tuesday's contest but the snafu came amid concerns about how the post office will handle the record numbers of mail-in ballots expected this election year.

Those who say they belong to or align with the Republican Party are more likely to be wary of mail-in voting, with 57 percent of GOP voters saying they're against the practice for this year's races. Like Nevada, California, Vermont and the District of Columbia are planning to send ballots to registered voters ahead of the general election.

Trump has gone so far as to suggest by tweet that the November election should be delayed "until people can properly, securely and safely vote".

Trump has not been alone in his scorn for vote-by-mail expansion. In Nevada, they passed something yesterday.

There is a lot of speculation as to why Trump wants Floridians to vote by mail.

When pressed on the USA death toll in the Axios interview, Trump repeatedly pointed to the proportion of deaths to confirmed coronavirus cases, rather than the proportion of deaths to the U.S. population, a figure that is arguably more telling of the state of the pandemic in the country given that the USA has less than 5 per cent of the world's population but around 25 per cent of global deaths from COVID-19.

Trump has repeatedly alleged that mail-in ballots are routinely stolen from mailboxes, fraudulently filed, and "rigged" by unknown forces. Trump votes via absentee ballot in Florida.

"In an illegal late-night coup, Nevada's clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state", Trump said on Twitter. "No, I'm not concerned about mail-in voting in Florida", he said tersely.

Trump reposted Laxalt's tweet on August 2, adding, "This is outrageous".

"Thank you for the clarification Mr President!" If you are homeless, you can still vote.

The exchange speaks to Trump's ongoing efforts to downplay the severity of the pandemic in the United States, even as his own health experts are increasingly warning of a dire contagion.

The lawsuit reinforces a months-long effort by the President to cast doubt on the results of the election if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is declared the victor.

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