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Politics Trump casts a 'very secure vote' for himself in Florida: 2020 election updates

18:40  24 october  2020
18:40  24 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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President Donald Trump took advantage of early voting while in Florida Saturday morning before taking off for a trio of campaign rallies in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Trump cast his ballot at the West Palm Beach library near his private Mar-a-Lago club. The president told reporters after leaving the library it was "an honor" to be voting and that he cast a "very secure vote."

a man wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump leaves the polling station after casting his ballot at the Palm Beach County Public Library, during early voting for the Nov. 3 election, in West Palm Beach, Florida, Oct. 24, 2020. © Mandel Ngan, AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump leaves the polling station after casting his ballot at the Palm Beach County Public Library, during early voting for the Nov. 3 election, in West Palm Beach, Florida, Oct. 24, 2020.

"I voted for a guy named Trump," he said.

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president used a paper ballot and no one was inside voting at the same time as Trump.

The president, who changed his official residency from New York to Florida earlier this year, cast absentee ballots in the March presidential primary and in the Aug. 18 primary election.

Trump told supporters at a campaign rally on Friday that he liked voting in-person.

"I'm old fashioned, I guess," he said.

Trump is staging a campaign rally spree in the final 10-day stretch of the election with six rallies planned over the next three days. The president will travel to Lumberton, North Carolina, Circleville, Ohio, and Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Saturday to deliver remarks despite warnings from health officials that such mass events are likely to add to the surge in coronavirus cases across the country.

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Several states set records this week for COVID-19 cases and the U.S. recorded more than 71,000 new cases on Thursday for the first time since the end of July when cases were surging, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, cast their ballots Friday in Indianapolis. They used the absentee ballots they had requested in early September.

– Courtney Subramanian

a man standing in front of a group of people posing for the camera: President Donald Trump walks with Wendy Sartory Link, Supervisor of Elections Palm Beach County, after casting his ballot for the presidential election, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. © Evan Vucci, AP President Donald Trump walks with Wendy Sartory Link, Supervisor of Elections Palm Beach County, after casting his ballot for the presidential election, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump casts a 'very secure vote' for himself in Florida: 2020 election updates

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