Sure looks like it.
Every political observer knows that Republicans don’t like mail-in voting as opposed to in-place, showing-up-at the-polls on-Election-Day voting. They believe in the original “town square” meme from colonial times, where the enfranchised showed up in public to cast their ballots.
But times have changed. Absentee voting has been in the ascendancy across the country for decades, and in Michigan it got a huge boost with the passage by the voters of Proposal 3 on the 2018 general election ballot in Michigan.
Already, with a boost from the Coronavirus, that resulted in record turnout in the May 5 statewide election, where mainly bond issues and local millages were on the ballot. Absentee voting accounted for a monster 90%+ of the electorate. That was a bit of a freak because of COVID-19, but still … It’s only going to get MORE tilted toward absentee voting in the future, including in the August 4 primary and the Nov. 3 general election in Michigan. Do Republicans want to ensure that Democrats will benefit the most from that?
Republicans clearly have already lost the battle over the size of the electorate, and they ought to be worried that it might get worse. Shouldn’t they concentrate on a different strategy, like how they could actually PROFIT from getting a better result from absentee voters than they do from Election Day in-person voters? After all, in the old days they used to enjoy an absentee voter advantage, and they still do in many precincts.
Let’s listen to some “friendly advice” from someone who is no friend of Republicans, and who is an elected Democrat himself, Ingham Co. Commissioner Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting in Lansing:
Is all this a good thing for the Michigan GOP?
It doesn’t look like it. They should think about what they’re doing going forward.