Fact check: Trump's voting record
April 22nd, 2011
09:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Fact check: Trump's voting record

NEW YORK (CNN) – Donald Trump's affirmation that he's voted in every general election disagrees with actual voting records, according to a spokeswoman with the New York City Board of Elections.

“I voted in every general election,” Trump told CNN affiliate NY1 by phone Friday. “I have records that I voted and so does the Board of Elections. … I signed in at every election.”

However, voting records obtained by the board of elections show that Trump did not vote in the 2002 general election, according to Valerie L. Vazquez, director of communications at the board.

The records also show that Trump skipped at least three presidential primaries and two mayoral primaries over the past 25 years, Vazquez said Friday.

Vazquez has found voting records by Trump for only two party primaries – the 1989 GOP mayoral primary and last year’s GOP primary for several statewide races, including governor and U.S. Senate.

Vazquez said she was able to obtain the voting records using both Trump’s voting bus cards, used prior to 1992 to document a voter’s activity, as well as through the BOE's electronic records database, used from 1992 to the present. Both the bus cards and electronic records provide the ballot time and whether it was cast on site or by absentee vote. Records also showed Trump has changed his party registration three times over the past 20 years.

Vazquez was confident that her records are complete, saying there is not a loophole that would hide a possible vote.

But when asked by NY1 Friday about the discrepancy presented by information from the election board and his claim, Trump said, "You're going to pay a big price because you're wrong."

A call to Trump for comment was not immediately returned.

CNN's Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.


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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Adam9

    Wow, so what? I don't vote in primaries, because I don't affiliate myself with a party.

    April 23, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  2. Luke

    Trump is a moron. Can we please move on to more important matters now? Thanks.

    April 23, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  3. ITALIAN NONNO

    This guy he lie about everything,.. his wealth, his income tax, his Presidential bid,.. just what the country needs,.. a lying, pompous, egomaniac.

    April 23, 2011 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  4. truthinrock

    Keep 'em coming Donald. I hear the "Big 6 Combover Club" is looking for a president.

    April 23, 2011 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  5. Bob Smith

    Uhhh....shouldn't this be in the entertainment section, right below the article about Lynsey Lohan?

    April 23, 2011 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  6. App7rentice

    D.T is tricking people again to increase his trustworthiness. It's less about campaign but more about $$$$$

    April 23, 2011 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  7. zimbot

    Really? Does this man ever NOT exaggerate?

    April 23, 2011 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  8. Evan Bang

    There are a few thoughts that come to mind when reading this article. It was to my understanding that people's record of voting was something that is protected under privacy laws. Am I mistaken? Regardless of The Trump's voting history, this should be something that is between the voter and the ballot not the voter and the public. Just my opinion.

    April 23, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  9. Shayne from NH

    Donald is the Democrats Trump card.

    April 23, 2011 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  10. Neal Smyrna GA

    Hmmm....seems like CNN is on a witch hunt again for the Democratic party....
    I don't think too much of Trump as a candidate (or Republican in general) but think much less of CNN...without an impartial press any democracy is doomed :(

    April 23, 2011 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  11. Clwyd

    Wow what a nut! This guy is a perfect mold for the republican party in 2012, Total arrogance, total ignorance, bankrupt three times, the life style of a billionaire (Just like most of us right?), hungry for more power, and a fool! ( I call all republicans what they also are, "Animals!"

    April 23, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  12. CJ

    This news doesn't surprise me. The guy is a hypocrite, a scammer, a liar and a fake. He is taking Republicans to be stupid enough to believe he is actually going to run for president and they are falling for it. I can't wait for the moment he say "Got Ya"

    April 23, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  13. the situation

    What can you expect from this idiot! He is nothing but a liar, who has one of the biggest mouths this side of the Mississippi!

    April 23, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  14. Tony in Maine

    When people live in a fantasy world which inflates everything about them, they can come to believe that lies are truth. Trumps megalomania has become his reality – his arrogance punctuated by is obnoxious repeated "excuse me's," the way he denies everyone else's reality.

    April 23, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  15. rusty155

    Just like a Republican all they do Is LIE.

    April 23, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. abby1

    Dump Trump will now start a media war with the New York Board of Elections.....just like he's done with many other celebrities, well known figures, and organizations. He's going to release a public statement or send them a letter telling them they are wrong, they are incompetent, they are failures, he never liked them, they are fat, they are ugly, blah, blah, blah.

    April 23, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. sher

    Is that our future "First Lady" in the back ground? Im so distracted by " The mess on top of his head" I wonder how big this womens "Wardrobe" is?? She kind of appears like maybe a "Golddigger"! Also, can she "Talk"? If Trump is potus,He,ll more than likely "Trade her in for somebody else" Mrs.Obama, I think you win Big in the "Looks and Smarts" Nice to have a "Classy lady" in the White House!!!! No Worries Mrs. Obama!!! 2012 Thanks for being a Humanitarian.

    April 23, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. toad

    What's the big deal about this? I haven't voted a few times in my lifetime either! Give me a break!

    April 23, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. CAW in MD

    Wow, The Donald told an untruth? I'm shattered, just shattered...

    April 23, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  20. RV1982

    I could care less either way, but from what I understand, primaries are not considered "general" elections...

    April 23, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    THIRD STORY about TRUMPet on a single page... What's up with that CNN???

    TRUMPet, the BLOWhard off-key LYER, is also a FLIP-FLOPPER!!! He also get along with "the BLACKS", another LIE!!! The more he opens his big fat mouth with his "electric-slide" hairdo – the more he LIES and show how arrogant and egotistical he truly is...............BRING IT ON!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    April 23, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. FM

    Can you please stop disturbing Mr. Trump!! Why bring up the past while he is talking about the present!!
    Please stop digging on him, he is a marvellous man!!

    April 23, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  23. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Failing to vote in a primary does not disqualify The Donald from being a viable candidate for the POTUS, however, he has plenty of other deficiencies that do. He, like others before him (Ross Perot comes to mind), have no real political bent and are usually too arrogant to listen to wiser heads when campaign glitches inevitably arise. The Trumps of this world are like a civilian version of a military general who thinks people following orders is the same as people following a leader.

    April 23, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  24. John McCain

    The American people wouldn't want to put our government on the hands of a politically irresponsible person... If he hasn't been concerned or has had the decency to vote on that many instances, how does he even dare to become a political figure? ... Go figure!

    April 23, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  25. GI Joe

    He also doesn't wear a flag pin. HE'S NOT AMERICAN.

    April 23, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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