The Iowa GOP mailed unsolicited absentee ballot applications to voters, while the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s website encourages members to “Vote Safe: By mail. From home,” according to the publication. Ohio’s Republican Party distributed mailers reading “Join President Trump and Vote by Absentee Ballot.” While Trump has claimed his issue is with universal mail-in voting rather than absentee voting, several states, including his primary residence of Florida, do not make a distinction between the two.
“The president is making a false distinction and no, there are not more safeguards with absentee ballots,” Sean Morales-Doyle, the deputy director of voting rights, elections and democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice, told Politico. “The safeguards available and in use to protect the integrity of elections are the same in either system.”
Other states, particularly in the Western U.S., have used mail-in voting for decades, including heavily Republican Utah.
“Vote by mail really works well here in Utah,” director of elections Justin Lee told Politico. “We do feel it’s safe and secure. We don’t feel there are any real instances of either widespread fraud or voter disenfranchisement.”