Under Florida law, voters are permitted to sign an affidavit permitting someone else to pick up and drop off their ballots.
The website of the Palm Beach Country Supervisor of Elections does not yet donate Trump’s ballots as returned and countered, on Monday the ballots have been returned, said the official.
Trump and the first lady Melania Trump have voted in Florida’s Tuesday congressional primary after designating someone to pick up and drop off their ballots in Palm Beach.
An example of fraud from mail-in-ballots took place in 2018 midterm elections in a race where a GOP activist in North Carolina was accused of multiple felonies in connection with questionable absentee ballot activity in a congressional race on behalf of the Republican candidate.
Mail-in-ballot fraud is rare because, states have systems and processes in place to prevent forgery, theft and voter fraud. These systems would apply to both absentee ballots and mail-in ballots for state voters.
But the President has repeatedly criticized universal mail-in voting as rife with fraud, even though no evidence exists for his claim. While rare instances of fraud from mail-in-ballots do occur, it is nowhere near a widespread problem in the US election system.
The Trump signed affidavits and their ballots were picked up last week. That was after the deadline had passed for requesting a mail-in-ballot, but the rules allow voters to pick up ballots in person after the deadline, or send approved designees to pick them up. In march, the Trump and the first lady designated Alejando Garcia, a Republican Party member in Florida, as responsible for their ballots in the signed affidavits, when they voted in Florida’s presidential primarily.
The president’s distinction between mail-in-voting and absentee voting has baffled experts, who say those voting systems are essentially the same.
While visiting his Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump could have voted early in person during March’s primary, and early voting locations were open in Palm Beach. Trump along with his aides, has employed mail-in-voting or absentee voting in the past.
Despite driving past an open early voting location at least six times on the way to his golf course, Trump chose instead to utilize the mail-in-ballot picked up and dropped off by a designee.