Saturday, October 24, 2020

EARLY VOTING IS NOW UNDERWAY IN ALL STATES THAT ALLOW IT, except Maryland (begins Oct. 26), Washington D.C. (Oct. 27), and Oklahoma (Oct. 29).

What did Donald Trump do today?

He voted, as literally only he can.

Trump voted today in his new home state of Florida. A library in Palm Beach that serves as an early voting location had to be shut down for several hours in order to make it secure so that Trump alone could vote. 

Trump normally votes by mail, but he's been trying to convince voters (without evidence) that mail-in voting is subject to fraud. With the uncontrolled COVID-19 epidemic in the United States once again setting daily records, voting without going to crowded indoor polling places is appealing to many Americans.

Trump said today that voting in-person is "much more secure than when you send in a ballot," which is a lie—but this year, for the first time in the history of absentee balloting, there are concerns that his admitted attempts to slow down mail delivery will disqualify ballots.

Trump's vote today was legally valid, but he committed at least two potential crimes in registering. One was that he claimed Washington, D.C. as his official residence while trying to register in Florida, His staff later changed the paperwork, calling it an innocent mistake—although that kind of mistake has sent other Americans to prison.

The other is that his supposed address in Florida—his luxury Mar-a-Lago resort—is not legally a residence. This doesn't automatically mean that Trump can't claim it as his place of residence for voting purposes, but it may mean that he's cheating on a tax agreement with local governments. Voters have faced extremely serious consequences for claiming to live at addresses that aren't proper residences, including a prosecution in Palm Beach.

So what?

  • It's wrong to try to keep Americans from exercising their right to vote.
  • It's a bad sign when a president can't even register to vote without potentially committing crimes.