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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida primary


The day before publicly opposing funding to accommodate an expected surge in Americans voting by mail in this year’s presidential election, President Donald Trump requested a mail-in ballot to vote in Florida’s upcoming primary.

The elections website for Palm Beach County, Fla., where Trump is registered to vote, shows that mail-in ballots were requested for the president and first lady Melania Trump on Wednesday. The news was first reported by USA Today.

The ballots, according to the county’s supervisor of elections, would have to be picked up in person as the deadline has already passed for them to be mailed.

Trump railed against voting-by-mail on Thursday, saying he opposes crucial funding for the U.S. Postal Service as part of an effort to discourage Americans from voting by mail in November.

The president has repeatedly demonized mail-in voting as governors across the country have sought to expand it amid the coronavirus pandemic, but has previously stated that some instances, including his, are permissible.

"If you're president of the United States and if you vote in Florida, and you can't be there, you should be able to send in a ballot,” Trump said in May.

Trump became a registered voter in Florida after switching his residency to the state from New York in Oct. 2019.



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