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Politics Rubio 'not concerned' about mail-in voting in Florida

20:08  01 august  2020
20:08  01 august  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Trump encourages mail voting in key battleground Florida

  Trump encourages mail voting in key battleground Florida 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. Democrats currently have about 1.9 million Floridians signed up to vote by mail this November, almost 600,000 more than the Republicans’ 1.3 million, according to the Florida Secretary of State. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday he is not concerned about mail-in voting in the 2020 election in his home state -- an issue that President Donald Trump has frequently and falsely derided as a threat to election security.

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"No, I'm not concerned about mail-in voting in Florida," Rubio told reporters during the question and answer portion of a conference call run by the Trump campaign aimed at discrediting potential Joe Biden vice presidential pick Rep. Karen Bass.

Trump notes GOP governor when asked why he backs mail-in voting in Florida

  Trump notes GOP governor when asked why he backs mail-in voting in Florida President Trump on Tuesday elaborated on his sudden support for mail-in voting in the state of Florida by noting the state is run by a Republican governor.The president earlier in the day offered a qualifier to his weeks of sustained attacks on mail-in voting by encouraging residents in Florida to take advantage of absentee and mail ballots. The state is both Trump's official place of residence and a must-win state in his reelection bid.AskedThe president earlier in the day offered a qualifier to his weeks of sustained attacks on mail-in voting by encouraging residents in Florida to take advantage of absentee and mail ballots. The state is both Trump's official place of residence and a must-win state in his reelection bid.

Rubio declined to comment further.

Rubio's comments come as Trump has actively sought to cast doubt on the legitimacy of election results, claiming that mail-in ballots will lead to a "fixed," "rigged," and "catastrophic" election. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in US elections, regardless of how they are conducted, with heavy mail balloting or with in-person voting.

Rubio isn't the only detractor from Trump's messaging on mail-in voting. During a closed-door House briefing, US intelligence officials on Friday discounted the possibility of foreign countries mass producing fake ballots to interfere in the November elections, contradicting Trump's continued insistence that mail-in voting poses a significant threat to election security. Officials dismissed the possibility of foreign powers being able to interfere on a mass scale to produce and send fake ballots to voters and election authorities, a source said.

Trump changes tune on voting by mail, urging Floridians to cast ballots

  Trump changes tune on voting by mail, urging Floridians to cast ballots Florida is a key battleground state that the president won in 2016 but where he's trailing in the polls."Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True," Mr. Trump wrote in a tweet.

On Friday at the White House, Trump specifically claimed that foreign countries will be able to forge ballots.

"This is going to be the greatest election disaster in history," Trump said.

"And by the way you guys like to talk about Russia and China and other places, they'll be able to forge ballots, they'll forge up, they'll do whatever they have to do," he said.

Rubio on Thursday also pushed back against Trump's suggestion that November's presidential election should be delayed.

He said of Trump's tweet, "I wish he hadn't said that, but it's not going to change: We are going to have an election in November and people should have confidence in it."

Watch live: Trump holds news conference at White House .
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