GOP announces plan to encourage early, mail-in voting despite previous messaging
After multiple years of criticizing mail voting and so-called ballot harvesting as “ripe for fraud,” Republican party leaders want to change their strategy. The GOP now plans to launch ambitious get-out-the-vote campaigns for 2024, endeavoring to match the emphasis on early voting that Democrats have used for years to lock in their supporters prior to election day. The goal is to encourage voters who support Republican candidates that early voting techniques are secure and to make sure they turn in their ballots in time to be counted, thereby putting less pressure on Election Day turnout efforts. This is a notable shift from the party’s rhetoric since 2020, when then-President Donald Trump consistently sowed doubt about mail voting and encouraged his voters to wait and vote in-person on election day.