President Donald Trump, whose campaign has sought to stave off post-in voting, has requested an absent ballot that allows him to cast a main ballot in Florida via the U.S. Postal Service.
The request to vote externally as a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida, was confirmed Thursday night by White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere.
“The president supports the absentee ballot, not the universal ballot by mail, which includes several safeguards that prevent fraud and abuse,” Deere said.
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This would be the second time Trump and the first lady have asked to vote per. Post as residents of Florida, where they call the Palm Beach Resort Mar-a-Lago home.
Trump’s request would allow them to vote on August 18. The deadline for requesting abstentions was Saturday. The ballot papers must be returned at 19 on election day.
Palm Beach County launched an early voting program on Aug. 3 that also allows voters to use “safe” drop boxes.
The president has claimed that post-in polls used in the United States since the Civil War invite fraud. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States, according to many studies and surveys.
Trump has so far resisted Congress Democrats’ efforts to add billions of dollars to the U.S. Postal Service budget to help fund the extra work needed to process more votes per capita. Post as a result of the pandemic.
But on Thursday, the president suggested he would not veto such funding if it were part of the next Coronavirus emergency package, telling Democrats, “All they have to do is make a deal.”
He also said of vote by mail, “Absent good, universal mail-in very bad.”
Some states, such as California, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, do not distinguish between being an absentee voter who is away from home and a voter who simply prefers the post; anyone can request a mail-in ballot.
Dennis Romero contributed.