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Republicans seek to match Democrats in mail-in vote applications amid Trump criticism


Republicans are playing catch-up with Democrats to boost the number of their voters requesting mail-in ballots in key states, an effort that is complicated by President Trump’s criticism of all-mail voting.

President Trump has said he opposes automatically mailing out ballots to registered voters, which he calls “universal mail-in voting,” and he says it will invite fraud and errors. However, he has said he supports a system where a voter must request a by-mail ballot in advance, which he calls “absentee voting.” Absentee and vote-by-mail are sometimes used interchangeably.

Even before the pandemic, more than 30 states allowed anyone to vote by mail…


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