President Trump has requested mail-in ballots for himself and the first lady to vote in Floridas upcoming primary, USA Today reported.
The elections website for Palm Beach County, where Trump is registered to vote, shows that he requested the ballots on Wednesday.
A ballot will be picked up and delivered to the presidents Florida residence of Mar-a-Lago before it will travel to Washington, D.C., for their votes. It will then be mailed to Florida officials before 7 p.m. Tuesday, when all mail-in ballots must be submitted.
Trump has been vehemently opposed to universal mail-in voting, suggesting that the practice is unsafe and could lead to voter fraud.
“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” he tweeted in late July. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” he added at the time.
However, on Tuesday, the President recommended that people vote by mail in Florida because the state has worked out a “very good” system over many years.
“So Florida has got a great Republican governor, and it had a great Republican governor. Its got Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott—two great governors. And over a long period of time, theyve been able to get the absentee ballots done extremely professionally. Florida is different from other states,” Trump told reporters during a White House briefing.
“So, in the case of Florida, theyve done a great job and theyve had tremendous success with it. But theyve been doing this over many years, and theyve made it really terrific,” the president added.
Earlier this month, Trump wrote on Twitter that the election system in Florida is “safe and secure, tried and true,” and encouraged people to request a ballot and vote by mail.
Florida voters must request a mail-in ballot in order to receive one.
Florida lawmakers changed the legal wording from “absentee” to “vote-by-mail” in 2016 to alleviate confusion, since voters werent required to be away from home to cast their ballot.
Meanwhile, Trumps campaign and the GOP are suing Nevada over its new vote-by-mail law. Nevada officials joined several states that plan on automatically sending voters mail ballots. Two states, California and Vermont, moved earlier this summer to adopt automatic mail ballot policies. Five other states have relied on mail-in ballots since even before the CCP virus pandemic, commonly referred to as coronavirus, raised concerns about voting in person.