Donald Trump is certain he hates the idea of Americans casting ballots by mail. He's less sure how to make a case against the idea.
As we discussed a few weeks ago, the president recently denounced mail-in balloting as "horrible" and "corrupt," which led a reporter to remind Trump of an inconvenient detail: he voted by mail in the election cycle. Offered a chance to reconcile the contradiction, it didn't go well.
"Sure, I can vote by mail," Trump declared. "Because I'm allowed to."
Evidently, quite a few Americans think they should also be allowed to.
As states explore ways to expand voting options amid the coronavirus outbreak, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds that a majority of voters support changing election law so that everyone can vote by mail. Some 58% of voters in the survey said they favor changing election laws permanently to allow voting by mail. While 39% oppose a permanent change, one-quarter of that group says mail-in voting should be allowed this November due to the virus. When those findings are combined, 67% of voters in the survey say they favor a mail-in voting option for this November.
On contentious issues in a politically divided nation, two-thirds support for postal balloting is quite high. Indeed, it suggests the Republican campaign against the idea -- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) recently said it's "disgusting" to see Democrats advocate in support of voting by mail during a pandemic -- isn't proving persuasive with the American mainstream.
Asked for evidence to substantiate his "fraud" claims, Trump recently told reporters, "I think there's a lot of evidence, but we'll provide you with some, okay?"
So far, neither the president nor anyone on his team have substantiated the claims.