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The Democrats strongly supported voting by mail due to Covid-19, to avoid risk of infection, while Trump downplayed the pandemic. ScienceDaily: COVID-19 opens a partisan gap on voting by mail This is a case in Texas where Democrats attempted to extend mail voting: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/26/coronavirus-supreme-court-rejects-universal-vote-by-mail-in-...


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Donald Trump spent months making statements, to the media and on Twitter, along the lines of: Mail-in ballots are very dangerous. There’s tremendous fraud involved and tremendous illegality. (source) It's hardly surprising that Republican voters decided to take him at his word and not trust mail-in ballots.


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Not being run by the government will not make the postal service "consistently profitable". In itself it will change nothing. What could make it profitable is to make some kind of sacrifice: either we decide that everybody must pay more for it, or that people who live alone in the mountains will stop receiving letters. These are sacrifices that a ...


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I think the other answers are correct in that both of these are factors: Trump and some of the Republican leadership (repeatedly) slamming postal voting Republicans being less afraid of Covid-19 and thus less inclined to socially distance (also reflected in some of Trump's comments on the pandemic and his personal example) Alas answers (and comments) have ...


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The Trump campaign did a lot to demonize mail in voting with accusations that there was a lot of fraud with it. This along with the downplaying of covid among his supporters likely led to a lower mail in voting turnout and higher in person turnout. There was a concern among Republicans that the campaign against mail in voting would cost votes in the long run....


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There are several reasons why the post office isn't privatized. For starters, in the U.S. the Post office is an enumerated power of congress, they essentially have full control over locations, allowed routes, and general operations. A private company would probably not ever want to have congressional approval for any material changes. Another reason not to ...


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In the U.S., the rate at which mail in ballots were invalidated in 2020 was about 1.0% and it was about 1.4% in 2016 and 2018. This is a somewhat tricky comparison, however, because the U.S. involves 51 different sets of laws governing when mail in ballots are valid, and there is wide variation from state to state (as shown at the link above) in invalidity ...


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There are several reasons why the post office isn't profitable and they are all out of the control of the post office itself. It should also be noted that the post office is self funding. Honestly when you look at the history and realize expenses have been put on the postal service because it was to profitable the problem should become clear. https://www....


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Persons who voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump tend to be younger, paid less, and more in favor of masks/less likely of voting in person during a pandemic. Younger people tend to have less schedule flexibility as they are still working their way up in the corporate world (or are working non-9-to-5 hours in the retail/service sectors). This would lead them ...


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There have been certainly been proposals in the U.S. to privatize the postal service, mainly from the "small government"/libertarian-leaning faction of the Republican party. (The Democratic party tends to be skeptical of privatization in general.) But none of them have caught on yet, and I think the reason is very simple: voters don't want a change....


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Mail-in voting is extremely popular among two groups that Republicans rely on: the military (who often need to vote from widely dispersed bases) and the elderly (who often find voting in person strenuous or difficult). As I remember, several of the GOP voting restriction bills try to split the difference by limiting mail-in to those select groups, trying by ...


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The Electoral Commission in the UK published a report in 2017 (UKPGE 2017 Electoral Data Report) which analysed the 2017 General Election. (The report also gives statistics for 2010 and 2015.) In brief (2017): There were over 32 million votes cast and 8.4 million postal votes issued; For ballot box (i.e. non-postal) turnout, 0.2% of the ballots were ...


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Concern over COVID19 seems to have a relationship to political leaning This study shows these differences fairly starkly*. Democrats are much more concerned with the transmission of the virus than republicans: By June 77% of Dem/Lean Dem participants answered that they were concerned they might unknowingly spread COVID-19 to others compared to 45% of Rep/...


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Trump had become less popular with the electorate as a whole, voters favored Biden, so the vote counts necessarily reflect that. As for why Biden voters went postal more often that Trump voters, there are three reasons: COVID. Most of the nation took COVID seriously, and wished to avoid the horrific possibility of superspreader voting lines. As reirab's ...


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The Electoral Administration Committee has made its 2020 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) report available to the public - this notes that failing the signature-matching test was the most common reason for rejecting a mail-in ballot; with 32.8% of rejections being for this reason. As for how many rejected ballots this actually amounts to, the ...


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Why haven't any Republican-controlled states moved to ban or severely restrict mail in voting? States cannot ban mail-in voting due to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). The act requires that all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands allow certain U.S. citizens ...


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Beyond costs, if the USPS was privately operated, it could choose what mail to deliver and what not to (votes, census data, taxes, etc.). Oversight would be limited to a board of directors at best, and if they lean one way or another, watch out. Because it's private, free speech would also not be guaranteed. Would you want that? Imagine if someone releases a ...


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Two theories: fraud or because many more Democrats than Republicans voted using mail-in ballots. We have no credible evidence of fraud. We have polls indicating that more Democrats than Republicans intended to vote by mail: But among Trump supporters, only 11 percent said they planned to vote by mail, and 66 percent said they planned to vote in person on ...


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Interesting story, that. All during the pandemic, Trump had been releasing statements that were at best downplaying its seriousness, and in many cases flat out lying about its risks. He'd also been publicly attacking the credibility of those who weren't downplaying it, like the WHO and the nation's top health professionals. Republicans at the time were far ...


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The data is not yet fully in on this, but as a partial answer you can watch this Ballotpedia page. It is updating as data becomes available, but 2020 data is still missing from 15 states. This includes, importantly, Pennsylvania and New York, both of which have had controversy around their signature matching policies before. That page also does not ...


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The 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey - conducted by the Election Assistance Commission - reports this data. A ballot cast by mail by their definition is the sum of all civilian by-mail ballots, ballots cast under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots (FWAB). The figure they ...


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tl;dr: The urban / suburban / rural divide is at play once more; this time in regards to pandemic-related risks to voting in person. Fizz's excellent answer is completely correct that both of these issues factored in heavily: Trump was extremely critical of mail-in voting throughout the entire election cycle. Even beyond that, though, Republicans in ...


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It's a tradeoff between cost and universal coverage, and universal coverage has been determined to be more valuable than cost. It's mission statement: The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people....


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The post office is public because the ability for the federal government to create the post office is written into the constitution. Initially this was to have a government agency that could perform the required tasks of the nation (census, taxes, etc) however as we've developed more ways to contact people the post office's public status has come into ...


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The short answer is that the USPS is not a private corporation for exactly the reason you state; delivering the nation's mail is not a profitable enterprise. So, nobody else wants to shoulder that particular burden. Oh, other companies will definitely chip away at the market of mail and parcel delivery, where there is money to be made in various niches. ...


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I'd like to answer the part you say about whether or not it damaged his chances. Is most definitely did, in the state of Georgia in particular. And furthermore is it known whether this damaged his chances? i.e. that some of his supporters were so worried about the potential fraud that he alleged, but didn't make it to the polling station for whatever reason,...


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