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. JeremyNABQ

    I'd never vote for Trump, but this article seems petty to me. As others have stated, a primary election is not a general election. There are plenty of real issues on which to criticize Trump. This is irrelevent.

    April 23, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. John

    For everyone complaining that primary elections are not the same as general elections, please read the article more closely.

    "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."

    April 23, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. CBR

    The real Donald Trump and candidate Donald Trump seem to be two different people. The candidate continually lets us know about all of his virtues, his love of country, and his contributions to the country. The real Donald Trump would like us to believe he has proof to back all his statements. Unfortunately he does not.

    The media is doing their job. They are trying to ascertain what Donald Trump has done in relation to what he says he has done. If it becomes more and more evident that Mr. Trump has a vision of himself that does not match the records so be it. In the end it is Mr. Trump's responsibility to be truthful and honest.

    April 23, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. neverarepublican

    What surprise. He's a Republican. They NEVER do anything wrong. Enough said.

    April 23, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. RinMaine

    Now he is a liar too. But we already knew that.

    April 23, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. jamaswal

    How are you guys so sure Trump was born in the states. Have you seen his birth certificate showing the hospital and the doctor who delivered him? Or is it that just being white is enough for yo?. There seems to be a double standard when it comes to Obama.

    April 23, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Seer

    Why is anyone giving this so-called man the time of day? He's like a barking chihuahua... send him back to the pound! Threatening a reporter for investigating the truth about him is un-democratic. What kind of politician would he make? Vindictive, angry, dangerous and war-mongering.

    ww: the government isn't tracking people's voting records, it's tracking whether they voted. Not the same thing. And tracking that is important for making sure there isn't any voter fraud.

    April 23, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. mastersam

    Not a trump card cost L.A school district about $15 million in litigation over the Ambassador hotel land mark this greedy creature is going to sell this country to the Chinese for a price that will bring him a good commission.

    April 23, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. TP

    Sheesh....for all of those that stated that primaries are not general elections, please see paragraph 3. QUOTE: "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"

    April 23, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Run Donald Run

    The word is out among the powers at the G.O.P.: Da Donald is a loose cannon, who will reek havoc on the Party. He must be stopped at all costs, so a "real" republican can be the nominee. Go Donald Go

    April 23, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. dawn

    Get over it people? Im voting for The TRUMP` Have a good day. `.~

    April 23, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Dan

    Just last week, Donald Trump donated 100,000 dollars for Rush Limbaugth's Lukemia Foundation, on his talk radio show, only to curry favor from Rush listeners.
    For all you Christians who claim to be Chrisitans, who are thinking about voting for Trump, let me remind you of the Book of Matthew, verses 1 through 4.

    April 23, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Dan

    Just last week, Donald Trump donated 100,000 dollars for Rush Limbaugth's Lukemia Foundation, on his talk radio show, only to curry favor from Rush listeners.
    For all you Christians who claim to be Chrisitans, who are thinking about voting for Trump, let me remind you of the Book of Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 1 through 4.

    April 23, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Jim Schwartz

    OMG! There is a saying that "the people get the electors they deserve". How true this is! This is the end of America, and all that she stood for.

    April 23, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Susan

    Not a Trump supporter either, but what's so bad about changing party registrations a few times? That just shows he's a moderate and has his own mind, doesn't follow the "party rhetoric" blindly, whatever his reasons might be. This is America, people are allowed to vote for whomever they want to.

    And yeah I agree with the people who point out primaries are not general elections. Those were my thoughts as well. It does say he didn't vote at all in 2002, but maybe he had a good reason? or maybe he sent in an absentee ballott and it was late, or something like that.

    Petty article, I agree.

    But I reiterate, I am not a Trump supporter–I think he sorely lacks the diplomacy necessary to be a good President. He's already had his foot in his mouth several times now and the campaigning hasn't even really begun.

    April 23, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. rebecca fields

    Trump would obviously be a awsome canidit power money also inteligance.

    April 23, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. gandoman

    TRUMPOHOLIC
    I use that NAME because he is DRUNK with his own importance.
    Whether he voted is not important, whether he gets enough votes from the republican Nazi party to represent them is another matter.
    Vice-President isn't even possible because the Republican NAZI Party only chooses people they can control.
    The American people do not need a wealthy male version of Sarah Palin; Big Mouth, Big Ego & No Substance!
    With no Wall Street Bankers in jail, BIG OIL screwing the country & GREED paying CEO's big bucks again,
    I would hazard a guess that even the average American isn't so stupid (It's contestable) as to want to elect the
    exact type of person who represents all of the above.
    A GREEDY, MONEY HUNGRY, PROFIT TAKING egotistical Con Artist who believes that wealth automatically
    qualifies you as an expert in; Foreign Affairs, Energy Policies, Nuclear Arms, Healthcare, Education, etc., etc., etc.,
    This isn't politics as usual, this is politics in a Nut House on a Crazy Farm in the Twilight Zone.

    April 23, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Diana

    Mr. Trump,
    1. Why does it matter how much money you make?
    2. Does your hair stand up like the Union Jack when your in a wind?

    April 23, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. jim

    @ howard no one worships obama. your issues with him are flawed and inaccurate. you might try using facts next time. you'll look less foolish. you fail to recognize trump's failings. anyone ... ANYONE ... who brags they screwed a foreign head of state is unsuited to be our leader. this alone is enough to rule trump out.

    April 23, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Nadeem

    How an you tell "the Donald" is lying?

    His lips are moving

    April 23, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. here we go again

    Trump is a master at this..........all he wants his higher ratings for his reality show! I wouldnt get to upset over his antics, because the only people who support him is teaparty and 1% of republicans. The fact is Obama still leads all canindates by far and most likely will win 2012! and wait.......before the critism i'm a independent leaning either way! No-one but Romney comes close....you gotta ask your self will christians, blacks, hispanics, the youth, and women vote for him. The GOP first needs to identify who they are, because of late its several big blurrs. The party has lost its identity because of TP, Birthers, palins, Trumps, and a list others not saying anything bad about either but, which directions and who is the leader is unclear.

    April 23, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. John

    @ Howard, you are an idiot and have no business voting in any election! What qualifies Obama? Hmm..lets see a Harvard Law Graduate with a 172 IQ, a state senator and a US Senator.......what qualifies Trump? Yes a self made billionaire but has bankrupted how many companies? Political exp? NONE.

    April 23, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. PresentTense

    Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement

    April 23, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. jeannettelj

    Didn't his face just get lighter and his hair get whiter???

    April 23, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Keith

    Somebody needs to send a team of investigators to NY to find out why Trump is lying. He's obviously hiding things. It's pretty obvious the guy is a sleeper agent for a secret Quaker terrorist organization.

    April 23, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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