Here’s how I’m framing this. Very much looking for feedback
Think of the following groups:
1. Vote on election day
2. Vote early in person
3. Vote by mail (drop box)
4. Vote by mail
a. Before Oct 25
b. After Oct 25
2., 3., and 4a. appear to favor Democrats.
We assume 1. will favor Republicans.
I’m under the impression that the GOP’s attempts to throw out votes is focused on group 4b.
[Is this correct?]
Because Trump et al telegraphed their strategy months in advance, the Democrats have had time to push back hard with the message vote as early as possible and under no circumstances rely on the mail in the final week.
In order for the GOP tactic to work:
1. The election in important swing states must be fairly close.
2. A large number of voters need to have mailed their ballots in that state less than a week before the election.
3. These must be heavily Democratic.
I am dubious of 2 and 3. At this point only the lowest of low information Democrats would think that mailing a ballot at the last minute is a good idea, but I don’t have any data to back that up.
Can anyone shed some analytic light on this?
A bit of context. There were 137 million votes cast in 2016.
Breathtaking: we're likely on track for 100 million+ votes cast *before* Election Day, nearly double the @EACgov estimate of 57.2 million advance ballots cast in 2016.— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) October 30, 2020
With what will very likely be more than half of this election's votes already cast, the order in which they are counted will probably determine the story Trump's advocates will be able to tell.
2/ ...may be true in places such as PA and WI where they won’t start counting those pre-Election Day votes until that day, and where GOPers disproportionately will be voting in person Election Day. There may be a “red mirage.”— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 30, 2020
So just be aware of both!
I also wonder if this massive and successful push for early voting, especially among Democrats, and the related telegraphing of the Trump/USPS/SCOTUS plan to steal the election means that there won't be that many votes left to worry about arriving after Nov. 3.
People seem to be conflating "they won't count (mail) ballots that arrive after Election Day"—true in some states, not others, and currently the subject of much litigation—with "they won't count ballots after Election Day, period", which would be orders of magnitude more radical.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) October 30, 2020
Finally, not as a prediction but just as an observation. Early votes are in the bank; election day votes are accounts receivable. One of the problems with encouraging your followers to wait till the last day is that you don't have a floor if that day turns ugly.