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I read an analysis a few weeks ago (months ago?) that mail-in ballots actually benefited Repugnantcans.

Generally, yes. Absentee voting has traditionally made it easier for rural, elderly and overseas (read: servicemembers) to vote. Here in Florida, for example, the absentee vote has typically gone in favor of the GOP.

Which, again, is part of why the GOP got so upset at Democrats. For years - decades - all these local elections administrators refrained from implementing these innovations to make it easier for people to cast absentee ballots. But after this particular election cycle had already started, and after Democrats could see that the absentee vote in this election was likely to be more favorable to them than historically because of Trump's attacks on the process, a number of Democratic officials changed the rules to make it easier to vote absentee. In the most extreme case in Pennsylvania, literally deciding the night before the election to change the rules on ballot-curing.

They think it's unfair. Even if a rule change is a good idea, changing the rules in the middle of the 'game' can be unfair to one side or another. That's why setting the rules of a contest before it starts, and before you can know whether one party's position will be helped or hurt by a rule change, is an essential element of fairness. Whether you agree with them or not, the GOP was enraged that the rules got changed in mid-game (as it were).

But again - my point is that this isn't going to drive the GOP into civil war. These types of shifts in the electoral rules aren't enough to exclude the GOP from having the opportunity to win at the ballot box, so there's no particular need for them to try to seize political power outside the ballot box.

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