Trump May be Railing Against Vote by Mail but GOP is Aggressively Pushing It

2020 is an election year and COVID-19 has made it particularly hard for states to hold primaries. Some early states have already their primaries but there are still many more to be held. And with people afraid to go outside, there has been a increased focused on voting by mail.

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The idea of making voting for more accessible for people has enraged Donald Trump who has repeatedly said that it would increase fraud. While the President makes his argument, though, the GOP is continually reminding their voters that absentee ballots are an option.

On Tuesday, the President tweeted, “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone.”

Notably, this became the first of Trump’s tweets to be fact checked by Twitter.

Red states and swing states, however, also want voters to know they can vote by mail. The Republican Party of Florida recently sent out an email to their voters.

The message advised, “In Florida, anyone can choose to vote-by-mail if they wish. During these uncertain times, it’s better to be safe than sorry and we need to ensure that every Trump supporter we know has taken the necessary steps NOW to vote by mail in the manner they choose.”

Georgia;s Secretary of State, Brad Raffesnperger, a Republican, recently said in a statement, “Considering the health risks posed by COVID-19, Georgians should seriously consider submitting an absentee ballot by mail for the June 9 elections.”

Republican strategist Terry Sullivan said of the party’s push, “They’ve got to chart their own course on this. I don’t think there’s any penalty for Republicans pushing for vote-by-mail.”

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