Trump Encourages Voting by Mail in Florida

Headline Roundup August 5th, 2020

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump encouraged Floridians to use the state’s vote-by-mail system, asserting that the system was “cleaned up” since “we defeated Democrats attempts at change.” This comes as the Trump campaign and others sue Nevada for a recently passed bill sending mail-in ballots to all active registered voters in Nevada. Trump defended this discrepancy, pointing to differences in each state’s election infrastructure.

Coverage of the statement was mixed on all sides. Some outlets reported only the statement; some included comparisons to Trump’s past statements against mail-in voting; and some framed headlines around these comparisons. Left- and center-rated outlets tended to lean in to these comparisons, with some outlets painting Trump’s statement on Florida as a “backtrack” or “reversal.”

Trump Encourages Voting by Mail in Florida

From the Right
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday encouraged voters in Florida to vote by mail, despite discouraging the process in other states.

“Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida, the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True,” he wrote on Twitter. “Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida, I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail!”

The president was referring to a legal settlement in July between Democrat voting groups and the administration...

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump now is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice, and only days after threatening to sue Nevada over a new vote-by-mail law.

His encouragement follows a surge in Democratic requests to vote for mail in Florida, a state that Trump almost certainly must win to secure a second term. Democrats currently have about 1.9 million Floridians signed up to vote by mail this November, almost 600,000 more than...

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From the Left
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President Donald Trump encouraged all Floridians to vote by mail Tuesday, just a week after he told Axios interviewer Jonathan Swan that mail-in voting on a large scale results in "massive cheating."

"There is no way you can go through a mail-in vote without massive cheating," Trump said during the July 28 interview, which aired on HBO Monday. He referred to recent efforts by state leaders to encourage vote-by-mail during the coronavirus pandemic as a "new phenomenon" and clarified, "It's new in terms of the kinds of millions and millions...

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