Shooting himself in the foot
While the slipping approval ratings are worrisome enough for the Trump admin, his stance on mail-in-voting is also contributing to his demise. Not only are his arguments against it unfounded and untrue, but it is also a “bad message.”
The realities of the pandemic may mean that the typical election day is a no-go. Voters may have to rely on mail-in ballots to have their voices heard. Trump’s continuous undermining of the process could backfire for himself and down-ticket Republicans.
A University of California election-law professor, Rick Hasen, explains:
“Why would Trump voters jump through extra hoops to vote by mail if they believe, as the president is telling them, that the system is rife with fraud? The voters Trump is hurting is his own.”
Mail-in-ballots actually helped him win the last election. Several states that went for Trump in 2016 had a substantial amount of mail-in ballots. In Arizona and Utah, 68% of ballots were mailed. Montana’s results included 58% of votes cast by mail. Florida, Iowa, and Michigan had a quarter of votes counted delivered by the post office as well.
As his pandemic poll numbers keep dropping, Trump may want to quit demonizing mail-in-voting — unless he is ready for a change of address.