Report: Trump Has Submitted His Mail-In Ballot For Florida Primary

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Both the president and the first lady cast mail-in ballots for Florida's primary.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump submitted their Florida primary mail-in ballots to the Palm Beach County elections office on Monday, according to USA Today.

  • Elections chief Wendy Sartory Link said the ballots were dropped off in person rather than returned by mail.
  • NPR noted that the ballots were returned by a third party, a practice Republicans often derisively refer to as “ballot harvesting” and say should be illegal, including the president.
  • In April, Trump tweeted: "GET RID OF BALLOT HARVESTING, IT IS RAMPANT WITH FRAUD.”
  • NPR also noted that “House Republicans recently introduced a bill to force states (which are generally allowed to establish their own rules around voting) to make the practice of turning in a nonfamily member's ballot illegal.”
  • But both Trump and the first lady have voted this way previously, USA Today reported, writing that the “Trumps made their requests for mail ballots on Wednesday and authorized an associate to pick up the ballots the same day. They did the same for the March presidential primary.”

Trump’s voting habits have come under scrutiny as he continues to rail against mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite increased interest among U.S. voters who fear casting their ballots in-person at the polls.

  • The president “has railed against universal mail-in voting, claiming without evidence during a Fox Business Network interview that mail-in ballots ‘will be the greatest fraud in history.’”
  • He also said “that by not providing money to the U.S. Postal Service, ‘they can’t have universal mail-in voting; they just can’t have it.’”
  • USA Today noted that while Florida does not have universal mail-in voting, the state changed election rules in 2002 to allow no-reason mail-in voting and changed the former language of “absentee” to mail-in ballots in 2016 to avoid confusing voters.
  • Trump has said he is okay with absentee ballots but not the mail-in type, despite the two being the same and using the latter himself.
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