Every year I get an application for an absentee ballot in the mail. I believe it comes because either the party, or some party-affiliated GOTV program grabbed my name somewhere in the past, maybe from a contribution or even from the NRA. I have always felt good when I saw it because I have assumed that it represents thousands of additional Republican votes by voters who might otherwise not make the effort.
Thus far this year, I just realized I have not seen it. It was called to mind because of this discussion on Free Republic about possibly lower Republican absentee voter participation in Nevada:
Nevada Freepers: early voting has started and returns are listed at SecState’s website, but I know nothing about NV history/voting patterns—do Rs usually have an advantage in early voting? Ds?…
If I read this right it looks bad: it looks like in 2012 that there was a D+8 difference at this point, where there is a D+13 today. Am I reading this correctly?
Now there is speculation that this is due to not all counties having reported, so it will take a day or two to figure out if this is a harbinger of problems.
But then I thought I haven’t seen those absentee ballot applications.
Donald is reviled by the Establishment. I certainly hope his people are reviewing historical turnout operations in each state by all establishment-related organizations, and making sure that none of them have quietly terminated programs that contribute three of four percent to the Republican candidate in each election. At the very least, every NRA member, every pro-life person, and every contributor to various conservative causes and groups should have gotten an absentee ballot by now.
I would hate to see the Establishment pricks terminate Donald’s candidacy by slyly costing him a percentage or two in support by just not doing one or two of the many things I assume they do in every election, for every other corrupt establishment hack.