According to election officials and voter registration records, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner is registered to vote in both New Jersey and New York. He voted in New Jersey through 2009 and then began voting in New York in 2010, but is till listed on the New Jersey rolls.
This now make four Trump family members or administration officials who have been found to be registered to vote in two separate states. Along with Kushner, it has been discovered that chief strategist Steve Bannon, Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin and daughter Tiffany Trump all have dual voter registrations.
Of course, the reason this has become a big deal is due to President Trump citing the fact that people are registered to vote in two states as proof that millions of people voted illegally in the presidential election. Trump has made this claim in response to his losing the national popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes, stating that he would have won if there hadn’t been all of these illegal votes. He’s now pushing for a “major investigation” into the unsubstantiated claim.
Trump has also used a 2012 Pew Research study to back up his claims. That study noted that there were nearly 3 million people registered to vote in more than one state while also highlighting the number of dead people still on voter rolls. However, it did not make the case that this led to millions of illegal votes, something the author of the study has explained since.
Also, being registered to vote in two different states is not illegal. This is usually a factor of someone moving from one state to another and not having their name removed from the rolls of the previous jurisdiction. As the Washington Post explained, only about half of the states participate in the Electronic Registration Information Center, which shares registration data so the jurisdictions can update their rolls. The ERIC was formed in the aftermath of the Pew study.
Earlier today, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway denied that Tiffany Trump was registered in two states, despite up-to-date registration data showing Ms. Trump was indeed registered in both New York and Pennsylvania.
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