President Donald Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting may be having an unintended side effect of making his own voters less likely to use it than they have in the past.
Politico reports that Democrats in Florida have opened a massive 302,000-voter advantage over the GOP in vote-by-mail enrollment in the Sunshine State, a crucial battleground that Trump needs to win in order to have a realistic shot at retaining the presidency.
“Five months before Election Day, more than 1.46 million Democrats have signed up to vote by mail compared to 1.16 million Republicans, according to an analysis of state Division of Election data released Friday,” the publication writes. “By comparison, in 2016, Democrats held an advantage of about 8,800 in vote-by-mail enrollment.”
One reason for this widening gap comes down to Democrats’ success in getting their voters to enroll for mail-in voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but Politico says that Trump has had a role to play as well.
“Trump has demonized this type of voting so much that Republicans, who once dominated mail-in ballots, are souring on it,” Politico writes.
Juan Peñalosa, executive director for the Florida Democratic Party, wrote in a recent memo that Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting are “insane” given how successful the Florida GOP has been in using it to secure votes from older voters.
“They’re going to have to turn out more people — maybe 300,000 more voters — on Election Day,” Peñalosa tells Politico. “They haven’t had to turn out that many more voters in one day in more than a decade that I’ve been in Florida.”
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Dr. Kevin Washington, the former president of the Association of Black Psychologists and the head of the sociology and psychology department at Grambling State University, studies the cultural and historical trauma of people impacted by the legacy of slavery in America. In a recent interviw, he told Salon that the president's rhetoric has effectively given "permission" to act out on "white supremacist" ideology, but was not the primary cause of rising racial tensions across the country.
There were several glaring omissions in the FBI’s bizarre announcement about election interference
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced on Wednesday in a last-minute press briefing that both Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information and have "taken specific actions to influence public opinion."
In particular, Ratcliffe said that Iran has been found to have sent "spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump." He seemed to be referring to an incident described in a Washington Post story published right before the conference, which said the U.S. has concluded that Iran had sent emails pretending to be from the right-wing group the Proud Boys to Democratic voters.
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"I know something about political figures and observable signs of illness from afar," Richard E. Cytowic M.D. wrote in Psychology Today. "... The American public deserves an accurate account of our president’s health."