Trump flips, now encouraging Michigan residents to vote absentee – By Beth LeBlanc (The Detroit News) / Sept 21 2020
In an about face on mail-in voting in Michigan, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to encourage voters to request absentee ballots and vote early.
Trump’s latest messaging on mail-in voting marks a mercurial swing from May, when the president threatened to withhold funding from Michigan after Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson mailed absentee ballot applications to all of Michigan’s 7.7 million qualified voters. “Mail-in ballots are very dangerous. There’s tremendous fraud involved and tremendous illegality,” he said at the time without providing evidence.
Last week, the president criticized Benson over a mistake on more than 400 overseas ballots that listed a Libertarian candidate as Trump’s running mate instead of Vice President Mike Pence. The state caught and corrected its mistake within an hour and a half of it occurring.
Political observers have predicted Trump’s earlier criticisms of mail-in voting could lead to lost votes in November in a state where he won by a narrow 10,704 vote margin in 2016.