President Donald Trump came out on voting attempts in his home state of Florida on Tuesday – after months of calling the nationwide postal vote complete fraud.
Trump, who is voting in Florida himself – a state in which he resided after leaving New York with higher taxes – made the surprising turnaround on Twitter after a series of polls showed he was the Democrat Joe Biden is lagging behind in the state.
"Whether you call it a postal vote or a postal vote, Florida’s voting system is safe and secure, tried and true," Trump said.
"Florida's voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated the Democrats' attempts to change it), so I encourage everyone in Florida to request a vote and vote by mail!" Trump added. He ended his writing by writing & # 39; # MAGA & # 39; – his slogan & # 39; Make America Great Again & # 39 ;.
Trump praised Florida's electoral system despite the state's national reputation for dysfunctional ballot counting, even during the controversial 2000 presidential election that led to Bush's landmark decision against Gore, the Supreme Court.
The flip comes days after Florida Senator Marco Rubio told reporters that he was "not at all concerned" about mail-in voting in his phase, which housed a large number of older residents and a COVID-19 spike are.
White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany, who, like Trump, is voting in Florida by post, denied that the president would turn around.
"He was unequivocally clear that the consequences are real if you have this mass mailout vote," she said. She pointed to a suspected election fraud case in Patterson, New Jersey, which Trump also referred to.
Trump threatened to go to court on Monday to prevent Nevada from sending ballot papers to voters.
Trump's RealClearPolitics Florida average is 6 percentage points behind Biden.
White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany, who, like Trump, is voting in Florida by post, denied that the president would turn around
Trump has repeatedly beaten the postal vote with an offer that rival Joe Biden and some Democrats are considering to undermine the outcome of the election.
& # 39; I want to have a choice. But I don't want to have to wait three months to find out that all the ballot papers are missing and the choice means nothing. That will happen, ”Trump said at a press conference on Thursday. "Postal ballot papers will be the biggest scam," he said.
Some Trump allies have raised concerns that his harsh rhetoric about mail-in voting could ultimately suppress his own voting in some areas.
Trump warned again in a new interview of the risk of postal electoral fraud and claimed that the unprecedented scale of the election could delay it.
"You know, you might have a case where this election isn't decided on the evening of November 3rd. This election could be decided two months later." Trump said Axios.
The President added: “We have a new phenomenon, mail-in voting. It is new in terms of the millions and millions of ballot papers. So they'll send tens of millions of ballots to California everywhere.
"I have a friend who lives in Westchester County, his son died … He called me and said," I just got one – I just got a ballot for my son Robert. "He died seven years ago. & # 39;
“Someone got a dog ballot, someone got another ballot. You have launched millions of ballots, nobody knows where they are going. & # 39;
Trump has increasingly tried to doubt the election and the expected pandemic increase in mail and postal voting – especially because he lags behind in public and private polls.
Trump has identified long-distance options as the "greatest risk" for his re-election. His campaign and the Republican Party have sued to combat the practice that was once a major benefit to the GOP.
On Monday, Trump informed a press conference in the White House that he was authorized to issue an executive ordinance on postal ballot papers.
"I have the right to do so," Trump told reporters at a White House press conference. "We haven't got there yet, we'll see what happens."
Trump added that the Republicans plan to file suit on Tuesday to try to block Nevada's expansion of the mail-in vote.
President Donald Trump (R) and Vice President Mike Pence (L) participated in a roundtable in the East Room of the White House last month with stakeholders who are positively influenced by law enforcement agencies
Almost all electoral procedures are regulated from state to state, the rest is determined by Congress or anchored in the constitution.
There is no precedent or obvious authority for Trump to try to restrict the use of postal ballot papers by executive order, although he could use a document to formalize his rejection of the practice.
Trump's claimed authority comes days after he publicly announced a delay in the November 3 presidential election, an idea that met with a rapid bipartisan setback.
There is no evidence of widespread postal electoral fraud, and the states that use it state that they have the necessary security measures in place to ensure that an enemy foreign actor does not interfere with the vote.
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, on July 28, 2020, about his plans to combat racial inequality
Election security experts say that electoral fraud is rare in all forms of voting, including by mail.
In addition to his allegations of fraud, Trump argued that a postal vote would delay the election of the winner and found that the winner of a primary vote by the Democratic Congress in New York a week ago remains undeclared. Trump said he believed the race had to be "repeated".
Trump claimed that the challenge would be greater in a presidential election in which the electoral college could be limited to only one state, and some states allow postal ballot papers to be received up to a week after election day.
"You will never know who won this state," Trump said Monday of Nevada's expansion of the postal vote.
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