Trump Tried to Register to Vote in Florida With His White House Address

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By Giselle Balido

June 4, 2020

As Trump continues to rail about voter fraud, records show he failed to provide truthful information in the state of Florida.

Florida elections records show President Trump first tried to register to vote in Florida using an out of state address, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. However, Florida law requires voters to be legal residents of the state. 

Trump’s original voter-registration application was obtained by The Washington Post via a public records request. The first application, submitted on September 27, listed the White House as his legal residence. It directed election officials to send his registration materials to Mar-a-Lago, the residence the president calls his “Winter White House”, in care of Sean [Shawn] McCabe, a vice president, and general manager of Trump Florida Properties in West Palm Beach. 

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A month later Trump filed a second voter registration application. At this time he listed Mar-a-Lago as his legal residence. 

On one of his forms, he stated his  “legal residence” was Washington, D.C., while on another he claimed to be a “bona fide resident” of Palm Beach.

It’s unclear what happened during the 31 days between Trump’s two applications. 

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The president’s transgression comes at a time when the Republican incumbent continues to wage a relentless war against a vote by mail via Twitter, calling it “corrupt” and “ripe for fraud.” Voter fraud is a rare occurrence in the U.S. According to a report by the conservative The Heritage Foundation, there have been 33 instances when people were prosecuted in the state of Florida — dating from 1992 to 2017 — for voter fraud charges. Although the organization claims the report includes “a sample” of  the cases, The New York Times reports

Florida voter-registration applicants are warned on registration forms that they may be subject to fines — and even prison time — if they do not provide truthful information. 

At this time, the White House has not issued a comment.



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