“REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT TODAY,” reads a mailer sent to North Carolina Republicans earlier this week by the North Carolina Trump Victory campaign, the Trump campaign’s joint field operation with the Republican National Committee in the state. The mailer, part of a push to contact more than three million voters in the state, calls voting by mail “easy and secure,” and urges recipients to use the “Official Republican Party Absentee Ballot Application to safely and securely request your ballot.”
“All North Carolina voters are eligible to vote absentee—no matter the reason,” states the mailer, which contains step-by-step instructions for applying for an absentee ballot. “Your fellow conservatives are counting on your vote. Do not wait any longer.”
It sounds off-brand for a campaign whose candidate has repeatedly derided voting by mail as corruption in waiting. In fact, the mailing appears to directly contradict the president’s consistent public statements since the rise of the coronavirus pandemic, in which he has baselessly called voting by mail insufficiently secure. Trump has threatened to withhold federal funds from states that send absentee ballots or ballot applications to all registered voters, and in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace that aired on Sunday, he threatened not to accept the results of the election if mail-in ballot expansion in states like Nevada and Michigan goes ahead as planned.