In FL, Trump’s Antagonism Towards Mail-In Voting Has Suppressed His Own Voters
President Donald Trump and other Republicans have spent months misleading Americans about mail-in balloting, claiming that widespread use of the method will lead to massive voting fraud.
- But it appears Trump’s messaging has served to suppress his own voters in key states, including Florida, The New York Times reports.
Alex Conant, a veteran adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), said the president’s continued belittling and questioning voting by mail had suppressed Republican turnout.
“In Florida, Republicans have a really good early-vote program,” he said. “The president takes advantage of it. So why the president would tell Republicans in Florida not to vote early, when historically that’s how we run elections in Florida, is very concerning.”
- Michael McDonald, a University of Florida political science professor, told The Times that this election marks the first time in which Democrats are outpacing Republicans in returning pre-Election Day ballots.
In Florida, he said, 11.5 percent of Democrats who requested absentee ballots have returned them, compared with 8.7 percent of Republicans.
- The Times reported that Democrats appear to have gained a clear advantage over Republicans with mail-in voting in general, though Republicans still have time “to catch up in many places, and they are expected to vote in strong numbers in person on Election Day.”
- In addition, the newspaper noted that “untold numbers of absentee ballots could be rejected for failing to fulfill requirements, like witness signatures, or could face legal challenges.”