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For months, Democratic Party officials concerned about the safety of voting in person during the coronavirus pandemic promoted voting by mail, and rank-and-file members have responded, requesting, by large margins, more mail-in ballots than Republicans in several states that will help decide the 2020 election. 

But as President Trump has waged a war on the legitimacy of voting by mail, even while planning to do so himself, many Democrats have had a change of heart and have decided to cast their ballots in person, David Knowles, Yahoo News editor, wrote. 

The shift in focus was signaled at the Democratic National Convention when former first lady Michelle Obama warned in her speech that “we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.” In Pennsylvania, Democrats have requested nearly three times as many mail-in ballots as Republicans. In Florida, Democrats have so far requested roughly 700,000 more mail-in ballots than Republicans. Ohio Democrats are outpacing Republican mail-in requests even in GOP districts, and have built up large advantages in North Carolina and Iowa. 

“We’ve gotta vote early, in person if we can,” Obama, who had spent the past several months pushing lawmakers nationwide to make voting by mail easier, told her audience. As that message spread, others in the party began making it known that they would not let coronavirus concerns keep them from showing up at their polling place. By the time Obama and Ocasio-Cortez issued their calls to voters, nearly 47 percent of Biden voters had already decided they would vote by mail, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. By comparison, just 11 percent of Trump voters said the same.

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