Donald and Melania Trump have officially requested their mail-in ballots for Palm Beach, Florida.
Recall that the President changed his address from Manhattan to Florida last year in an effort to legally avoid paying state taxes and shore up his electoral prospects there.
Trump has faith in the Florida elections system, likely because of its stellar track record in Presidential elections and because it is run by Republicans.
So Florida has got a great Republican governor, and it had a great Republican governor. Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott, two great governors. And over a long period of time, they’ve been able to get the absentee ballots done extremely professionally. Florida is different from other states.
However it is an open question whether the President can actually legally live there. As reported in the Washington Post on May 8:
Digging into the catacombs of local records to build an argument against the dock, a small group of loosely aligned preservationists, disgruntled neighbors and attorneys have unearthed documents that they assert call into question the legality of Trump’s much-publicized decision late last year to change his official domicile from Manhattan to Mar-a-Lago and to register to vote in Florida using the club’s address. According to those documents, and additional materials obtained by The Washington Post, Trump agreed in writing years ago to change the use of the Mar-a-Lago property from a single-family residence to a private club owned by a corporation he controls.
The distinction is significant. The property is taxed as a private club — not as a residence, according to Palm Beach County property appraiser records. Trump’s own attorney assured local officials in Palm Beach before they voted to approve the club in 1993 that he would not live there.
Fittingly, the President’s participation in mail-in voting reduces confidence in mail-in voting.