No matter what Trump says, the GOP needs vote-by-mail

While Trump works hard to drive down support for mail-in voting, and polls show he has succeeded in doing so with a chunk of his voters, it appears many GOP election officials are ignoring him and expanding it anyway.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania held its primary and while the state saw 14 times the amount of requests for absentee ballots than in 2016, Republican officials were alarmed by how many came from Democrats. “Democrats will use the new mail-in ballot to greatly increase their turnout,” the state party warned on its website. “Republicans would be smart to do the same so that we have the advantage.”

Dave Millage, GOP chairman in Scott County, Iowa — a red state — was more blunt when he told The New York Times this week: “The president has his viewpoint and we have ours: We’re trying to win elections.”