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President Donald Trump has cast his ballot for the US election in West Palm Beach, Florida, and he tells reporters afterward: “I voted for a guy named Trump”

President Donald Trump has cast his ballot for the US election on Saturday morning (Sunday 1:30am AEDST) in West Palm Beach, Florida, and he tells reporters afterward: "I voted for a guy named Trump".

West Palm Beach is near his private Mar-a-Lago club. He used to vote in New York but changed his residency to Florida last year.

There were several hundred supporters gathered with flags and signs outside the library where he voted. And there were chants of "Four more years."

President Donald Trump talks with reporters after casting his ballot in the presidential election, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla

The president wore a mask while voting but he took it off as he approached reporters afterward in the building.

He called it "a very secure vote. Much more secure than when you send in a ballot, I can tell you that."

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Democrat Joe Biden hasn't voted yet and it likely to do so in person in Delaware on Election Day, November 3. Delaware doesn't offer early, in-person voting like Florida.

Trump said at a Florida rally on Friday that he likes being able to vote in person.

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

The president has a busy Saturday, with rallies scheduled in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

President Donald Trump talks with reporters after casting his ballot in the presidential election, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla

Mr Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder Saturday that "we're rounding the turn" and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Mr Biden bemoaned to a smaller gathering the need to campaign at a distance but said he understood the public health reasons behind it.

With coronavirus infections reaching their highest peak of the pandemic just as the election headed into the home stretch, the two candidates took starkly different approaches to the public health crisis in appealing for votes in battleground states.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump answers questions during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

"We don't want to become superspreaders," Mr Biden told supporters at a "drive-in" rally Saturday in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, picking up a term that has been used to describe the Rose Garden event in late September in which Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee.

More than two dozen people linked to the White House have contracted COVID-19 since that gathering.

In Lumberton, North Carolina, his tongue firmly in cheek, Trump called Biden "an inspiring guy" for raising alarm about the pandemic.

The president said that he watched Mr Biden's Bucks County rally as he flew to North Carolina and sarcastically observed that it appeared attendees, who were in their cars, weren't properly socially distancing.

"You know why we have cases?" Mr Trump said. "'Cause we test so much. And in many ways, it's good. And in many ways, it's foolish. In many ways, OK? In many ways it's very foolish."

Mr Trump continued to criticize Mr Biden for saying during Thursday's debate that the country was headed for a "dark winter" because of the pandemic — the scenario of a surge in infections that health experts warned about for months. Nearly 224,000 people in the United States have died and more than 83,000 infections were reported on Friday alone, a record.

"We're rounding the turn ... our numbers are incredible," Mr Trump said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/donald-trump-votes-early-in-florida-us-election-2020/3e687c09-2c9f-4a50-ba80-4fff6d5bcefe

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