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On November 3rd, the US citizens will choose their new president. Incumbent Donald Trump has already cast his vote - but not by postal vote.
US President Donald Trump made use of the opportunity on Saturday to cast his vote early in the presidential election. Trump went to a polling station in a library in West Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday morning (local time).
"I voted for a guy named Trump," he said afterwards into the television cameras. He then reiterated that voting in person is safer than postal voting.
Florida, where Trump has been officially resident for over a year, is one of the states that let their residents vote before the official election date on November 3rd.
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Street cordoned off in front of the polling station
So far, more than 50 million people have already cast their votes in polling stations or by letter. A total of nearly 139 million Americans took part in the 2016 presidential election. In view of the corona crisis, more people than usual are taking advantage of the opportunity to vote early.
After worries in the past few months that ballot papers sent by letter might not arrive on time, many people have to wait for hours to vote in person.
Trump had joked during an election campaign in Florida the day before that he would also be in line for two hours. In fact, the Secret Service had secured the polling station hours before the arrival of the president, as reported by CNN. On TV pictures it could be seen that the street in front of it was completely cordoned off.
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