President Trump requests mail-in ballot for upcoming Florida primary, despite rhetoric




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  • 2020-08-13 23:38:26Z
  • By USA TODAY
 

For the second time as a Palm Beach County voter, President Donald Trump has requested a vote-by-mail ballot ahead of Florida's primary election on Tuesday.

And the president who has just spent the past few weeks excoriating mail-in voting has less than a week to cast it.

The request for himself and first lady Melania Trump came Wednesday, the Palm Beach County elections website shows.

The ballot would have been picked up, not mailed to his Palm Beach private club, Mar-a-Lago, because the deadline to send out ballots has passed.

Now it must travel to Washington, D.C., where the president and first lady can vote and then return before 7 p.m. Tuesday, when all mail-in ballots must be submitted.

Trump has blasted vote-by-mail - particularly universal vote-by-mail, where elections offices automatically send ballots to all registered voters, rather than allowing the onus to be on the voter to request a mail ballot.

In tweets, he lamented without evidence rampant fraud with mail-in ballots and even suggested the November election be delayed over coronavirus concerns. More voters are opting to vote by mail to avoid voting in person.

Poll: Half of Americans fear difficulties voting in November election

Last week, Trump singled out Florida as an exception, tweeting that his supporters there should request an absentee ballot and vote by mail because the election system in the Republican-run battleground state is "Safe and Secure, Tried and True."

Trump has opposed financing for the U.S. Postal Service, which he linked Thursday to his dislike of mail-in voting.

"They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots," Trump said on Fox Business Network, adding, "If they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting because they're not equipped to have it."

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This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida primary despite rhetoric

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