Report: Both Trump And His White House Press Secretary May Have Voted Illegally
Both President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany might have voted by mail illegally, according to HuffPost, despite both Republicans decrying mail-in voting as inviting rampant voter fraud.
Trump used a mail-in ballot to vote in Florida’s primary in March, initially registering with his White House address but then changing it to his Mar-a-Lago club after it was flagged by election officials.
However, Trump “signed an agreement with the town of Palm Beach nearly three decades ago promising that it would not be used as a private residence,” HuffPost reported.
Under the Aug. 10, 1993, agreement with Palm Beach, first reported by The Washington Post, Trump received permission to turn the estate he had bought in 1985 into a social club, but only after promising it would not be used as a residence. The agreement specified that the club could not have any more than 10 guest suites, that they could not be advertised or available to the public, and could not permit its members to use them more than 21 days in a given year.
- Huffpost also noted that “Florida law does not allow a place of business, including a social club, to be used as a residence for the purpose of registering to vote.”
In the case of McEnany, it is unclear why she has voted with a mail-in ballot in Florida when she has taken up residence in other states.
According to the report, “McEnany cast Florida ballots in 2018 using her parents’ address in Tampa, even though she lived in Washington, D.C., and held a New Jersey driver’s license.”
McEnany and her husband also bought a home in 2017 located just a mile and a half away from her parents’ house.
At the same time, “McEnany’s driver’s license and car registration showed an address in Edgewater, New Jersey,” which “can only be obtained by proving residency in that state, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission website.”
HuffPost noted that Florida law stipulates that registered voters be “Florida residents,” with a Florida driver’s license listed as a means of proof.
McEnancy changed her legal residence from her parents’ house to her own Florida home in 2019, records show.
Just last week, McEnany said during a White House press briefing that mail-in ballots “are subject to fraud, and that is extremely troubling.”
She has defended her decision to vote by mail, saying last month it is because she works in a state different from where she lives: “Absentee voting has the word absent in it for a reason. It means you’re absent from the jurisdiction or unable to vote in person.”
McEnany continued: “President Trump is against the Democrat plan to politicize the coronavirus and expand mass mail-in voting without a reason, which has a high propensity for voter fraud. This is a simple distinction that the media fails to grasp.”
However, Daniel Smith, a voting rights expert at the University of Florida, noted that McEnany’s explanation is hypocritical and not entirely accurate.
“Florida doesn’t have absentee voting, we have vote by mail,” Smith said. “We don’t use the term absentee. One does not need to have an excuse or be absent to vote by mail. So it’s not just for people like her who may be temporarily out of Florida.”