In apparent reversal, Trump encourages Floridians to vote by mail

Elias Hubbard
August 4, 2020

Trump has increasingly sought to cast doubt on the election and the expected pandemic-induced surge in mail-in and absentee voting - particularly as he has found himself trailing in public and private polling.

Trump had said on Twitter that "in an illegal late night coup, Nevada's clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state". Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. "See you in Court!".

Mr Meadows took up his boss's cause, warning that mail-in ballots must be handled properly, without providing evidence that this has not been the case in the past.

A voter stands on a Vote NYC sticker to encourage social distancing during the New York Democratic presidential primary elections in New York City on June 23, 2020.

The Nevada legislature has passed a bill that would expand mail-in voting in the state for the November general election, but Donald Trump has vowed to challenge it.

"You know, you could have a case where this election won't be decided on the evening of November 3".

McEnany responded that Trump was differentiating between absentee voting and mail-in voting, to which, Bennett countered "it's the same thing".

They warned it would enable a practice detractors call "ballot harvesting", in which volunteers working for political groups collect and turn in large quantities of ballots to tip the scales in elections. Ultimately, some 1.2 million NY voters used absentee ballots in the primary-more than 10 times the number of such ballots cast in 2016. He plans to speak to Washoe County officials to get information about the effect of the change.

".We will not be able to effectively count the votes of every eligible American because [Trump's] doing his best to undermine our confidence in the process, but worst he's doing best to actually steal the vote by undermining the postal service", added the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate.

Dimondstein said there have been reports that mail delivery has "degraded" and slowed down after new rules were put in place.

On the day before the election, for example, the service received over 30,000 absentee ballots, Allen Tanko, USPS Marketing Manager for the New York District, told the court last month.

Postal service employees are responsible for postmarking, or stamping, ballots.

DeJoy implemented changes, including getting rid of overtime for hundreds of thousands of employees and requiring mail that arrives late to be delivered the next day, according to the publication. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Mr Trump was raising concerns about mail-in ballots when he floated the idea of delaying the U.S. vote.

"It is essential that the Postal Service not slow down mail or in any way compromise service for veterans, small businesses, rural communities, seniors, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail - including significant numbers who will be relying on the Postal Service to exercise their right to vote", they wrote in a letter.

"When voters have been provided with absentee ballots and assured that their votes on those ballots will be counted, the state can not ignore a later discovered, systemic problem that arbitrarily renders those ballots invalid", Torres wrote in her ruling. The poll was conducted July 31-August 3 based on a sample of 1,129 adults.

Summer Lin is a McClatchy Real-Time News Reporter.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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