Trump encourages postal voting in Florida after months of practice criticism – National


In a sharp reversal, President Donald Trump is now encouraging voters in the critical state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticism of the practice, and just days after threatening to sue Nevada over a new law on the postal vote.His encouragement follows a wave of demands for Democrats to vote for the mail in Florida, a state Trump almost certainly has to win to get a second term. Democrats currently have about 1.9 million Floridians registered to vote by mail in November, nearly 600,000 more than Republicans’ 1.3 million, according to the Florida secretary of state.

In 2016, both sides had around 1.3 million people registered ahead of the general election.

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“Whether you call it Voting by Mail or Voting by Mail, in Florida the electoral system is safe and secure, proven and true. Florida’s voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated the Democrats’ attempts to change), so in Florida I encourage everyone to ask for a ballot and a mail vote! Trump tweeted Tuesday.

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has dismissed the idea that the president has changed his mind. She said he supports postal voting for a reason, as opposed to states that send ballots to all voters whether or not they request them. Most election officials say there is little effective difference between voting by mail and voting by mail.

Trump explained why he supported postal voting in Florida, but not elsewhere.

“They’ve been doing this for many years and they’ve made it really great,” Trump said.

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“It took years to do,” he added. “It doesn’t take weeks or months. In the case of Nevada, they will vote in a few weeks. And you can’t do that.

Yet Florida hardly has a history of flawless elections, most notably in 2000 when the state’s disputed vote count had to be resolved by the United States Supreme Court, handing over the presidency to George W. Bush rather than Al Gore.

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Trump cited a race in New York City as an example of what can go wrong, saying no one could know the winner. In that race, a judge ruled Monday that about 1,000 disputed ballots should be counted. This is unlikely to affect the outcome as longtime sitting Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney leads her closest challenger with around 3,700 votes.

“I think they have to redo the election. This election is not a good one, ”Trump said.

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In this year’s primary elections, more voters chose to vote by mail, and several states relaxed restrictions on absentee ballot by mail. Trump himself voted by mail in the Florida primaries earlier this year.

Five states have relied on mail-in ballots since even before the coronavirus pandemic raised concerns about in-person voting, but there is no evidence to support Trump’s claim that postal voting leads to widespread fraud.

Trump went so far as to suggest by tweet that the November election should be postponed “until people can vote properly, safely and securely.”

States that exclusively use postal votes say they have the necessary safeguards in place to ensure that a hostile foreign actor does not disrupt the vote. Election security experts say voter fraud is rare in all forms of voting, including by mail.

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Given Florida’s large retiree population, postal voting is expected to become a more popular option in November. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Was asked on Saturday if he had any concerns about the option. “No, I’m not concerned about postal voting in Florida,” he said laconically.

Florida GOP officials praised Trump’s tweet.

“Thank you for the clarification, Mr. President! This is very helpful, ”said Joe Gruters, Chairman of the Florida Republican Party. “Florida will deliver the 29 electoral votes to you!”

Florida is considered a must-see state for Trump’s re-election prospects. Its presidential contests are generally tight, with Trump winning just 1.2 percentage points in 2016 and George W. Bush winning Florida by just 537 votes in 2000.

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Lawmakers in Nevada recently passed a bill that would add the state to a growing list of U.S. states sending ballots to active voters ahead of the November election.

The bill, which passed on Sunday, was signed into law by Governor Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, on Monday. Nevada joins seven states that plan to automatically mail ballots to voters, including California and Vermont, which earlier this summer decided to adopt automatic mail voting policies.

Trump called the passage of the bill an “illegal late-night coup” in a tweet Monday morning. He accused Sisolak of exploiting COVID-19 to ensure the votes in Nevada would favor Democrats.


Associated Press editors Bobby Caina Calvan in Tallahassee, Fla. And Terry Spencer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Contributed to this report.

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