This Is Why The First Lady Didn't Vote Early

The 2020 presidential election is historic, as the number of Americans who have voted early has broken records. Melania Trump was not among those early voters as she exercised her constitutional right on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. USA Today reports that at least 100.8 million people cast their votes early in the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The outlet noted that the total included 35 million people who cast their votes early in-person and 65 million people who cast their ballots by mail. At this rate, it is looking as if the United States could "surpass 150 million voters overall" in the 2020 election. That turnout would amount to the highest percentage of eligible voter turnout since 1908 when Republican William Howard Taft prevailed over Democrat William Jennings Bryan, with a whopping 65.7% of eligible voters having voted. 

President Donald Trump was one of the 65 million people who voted early this election. Per The New York Times, he cast his ballot on Oct. 24, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. and afterward, announced the news on Twitter. Upon voting, the president said with a smile to reporters, "I voted for a guy named Trump." His wife, first lady Melania Trump, held off on voting until Election Day (shown above) for one specific reason. 

Melania Trump wanted to vote on Election Day

Melania Trump cast her ballot around 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday morning, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., as she is registered to vote in Florida as a Mar-a-Lago Club resident. As for why she waited until Election Day? The first lady said per USA Today, "It's Election Day, so I wanted to come here to vote today for the election." 

After voting, she smiled, waved to reporters, and stated that she felt "great." The New York Times reported that the first lady, who has now recovered from the coronavirus, was the only person in the facility who did not wear a face mask, despite the county's mask mandate. Her vote reportedly took just five minutes. "Everything was perfect," the county's supervisor of elections, Wendy Sartory Link said of the brief visit to the polling station, adding, "She was the only voter in the room at the time." According to Time, a Florida loss would make things difficult for President Trump to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to retain the White House over former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. At least the incumbent knows that he has two Florida votes in the Trump column!