PALM BEACH, Fla. — Tuesday's municipal elections may not have former President Donald Trump's name on the ballot, but it appears he does intend to cast his vote.
Despite his false claims about vote-by-mail during the 2020 election cycle, the Palm Beach Post reported Trump requested a mail ballot on Friday. This is his third time requesting a mail ballot in Palm Beach County.
The request was made nearly a week after the deadline to have a ballot be sent by mail. Mail ballots can be requested through Tuesday, but must be picked up in person by the voter or a designee.
Mail ballots have remained popular as the pandemic continues. As many as 127,000 ballots were mailed to Palm Beach County voters, likely a carryover from the November presidential election.
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link said she believes the vote-by-mail system in Palm Beach County is safe and works the way it is currently.
But Republican lawmakers, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, have proposed some tighter restrictions on mail-in voting this legislative session, including possibly reducing collection locations for mail-in ballots and not allowing multi-year requests for vote-by-mail ballots.
Trump has voted in person only once as a Palm Beach voter and he was the first incumbent president to vote in person as a Florida resident.