Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel has endorsed mail-in balloting as of Tuesday. In another move to distance herself from a divisive issue within the GOP, McDaniel said that the midterm elections made it clear that they needed to encourage their voters to go in early. During her interview on Fox News, she added that this is something she has repeatedly said and that in 2020 there had been many saying “Don’t vote by mail, don’t vote early.” As she noted this is a pattern that needed to be stopped.
McDaniel’s remarks are a part of the general discussion regarding ballot harvesting, that is third-party collection of completed absentee ballots, which allows a larger number of voters to cast their ballot. McDaniel added that the RNC has “perfected” the practice in those states where this practice is legal and that it is important to continue taking advantage of the benefits of both early and mail-in voting practices
In a statement to NBC, an RNC spokesperson noted that this discussion concerns how Democrats are gaining votes over a month, while Republicans are hoping to get the same amount of votes within a day. He added that these comments were not targeting the former President who has often encouraged early voting and has even taken advantage of mail-in voting himself.
Trump, who has already announced his 2024 presidential campaign, is one of the most vocal skeptics of the practice of mail-in voting. He has also alleged multiple times that it is one of the ways the 2020 election had been stolen from him, saying that there was no fair or free election that could be had when mail-in votes were allowed.