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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  1. PMiller

    Did you people actually read this article? It says he didn't vote in the 2002 general election Also some primary elections. It really has nothing to do with political preference it's just what happens if you choose to run for office. Democrat,Republican, or Independent no stone will be left unturned.

    April 23, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Colorado Carole

    No surprise here – he's all bluster & no substance. This man is so incredibly arrogant, bellicose – a bully really, full of himself. Can one imagine how he'd deal with a delicate world situation – he'd say "Nuke 'em" just as easy as he says "Your fired!" Instead of logic and intelligence, he substitutes tough talk & talks fast & loud... used car salesman (no offense to those who are in that profession) is what I'm reminded of when I hear him speak. If he were to be actually elected President (which there is no figuring the lack of intelligence or real contemplative thought capacity of the American Voter), I think I'd just puke and stop voting ever again. Are we really this shallow in this county? This stupid? Really??? We have the government we deserve – dysfunctional and incapable of living within it's means, BECAUSE... this describes many Americans right now. Is it a wonder when "politicians" perform the antics they do? Americans need to turn off the television, open some books, periodicals (and no, not the swim suit edition of Sports Illus), get informed about issues/policy and the "debate" and stop voting these fools into office.

    April 23, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. steve

    Has anyone ever noticed trumps face,when he starts blowing wind? He forms his lips when he talks,"Kinda looks like somebodys butt. Or am I just crazy? lol

    April 23, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Landon

    Missing 3 presidential primaries, 2 mayoral primaries and no general election in 25 years is a pretty darn good voting record if you ask me... Its funny how people just jump on the tone of the article and call Trump a liar when he said nothing about primaries. Puppets on a string.

    April 23, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Betty

    Simple: Trump is a chump, another GOP chump. Exit stage right please.

    April 23, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Dj manter

    Trump is a "Walking ZERO"......
    Opon his death, he will most likely be ABANDONDED by God and Christ as he is THEE MOST MATERIALISTIC, PRIDEFUL, man that has EVER walked this earth.!.

    Trump cares about NO ONE but himself. He is a greedy, Narcissist.

    Donald Trump, I have NO DOUBT that when God ends your life, he will cast your soul into the BOWELS of HELL.

    April 23, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Sherri

    Is this the best they can dig up on him? Come on, in a country where organizations like ACORN can register convicted felons and dead people to vote are we to believe that records are accurately kept? PU-LEASE! Surely the Donald has more skeletons in his closet that this!

    April 23, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. davidlindner

    who cares whoever we get is gonna be just as corrupt

    April 23, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Edwin

    To those who think this is trivial: why did you read about it? If it is not newsworthy, you should have ignored it.

    Maybe it does not rank up there with economic issues or foreign policy or such, but it is telling that he made this claim (voted in all general elections) and when presented with evidence (not voting in the 2002 general election) he did not acknowledge his error; instead he threatened people.

    It is not a big deal that he skipped the 2002 election. It is not a big deal he made a generalization about voting that was not 100% accurate. But it is a bit troublesome that he reacted the way he did. If I made such a claim and the board of elections presented evidence to the contrary, I might want to investigate further, but I would not tell them that they would "pay a big price" for their actions.

    April 23, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Ed

    If he would lie about his voting record imagine what else he would lie about to preserve his self image.
    He might be good for NY politics but on the national stage he is not qualified to hold office.

    April 23, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. ds2cents

    OK, people, you need to read more carefully. In the second paragraph, it quotes DT as saying, “I voted in every general election.” In the third paragraph, it says that records show that "Trump did not vote in the 2002 general election." The information about him skipping some primaries (fourth paragraph) is added as additonal info. The claim that he is either mistaken or lying is based only on his having missed the 2002 general election. The reporter is not trying to say that primary elections are the same as general elections. Sheesh... maybe if people would read more carefully, there would be less pointless comments...

    April 23, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. pmk1953

    ww, They register the fact you have voted to keep you from voting multple times in the same election. Plus if you haven't voted in a while they take you off of the list of registered voters.

    April 23, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Colorado Carole

    After viewing further comments, without naming names, there is a really telling post from someone who – after going into a rather irrational/illogical hate-filled, factually devoid tyrade about Obama – misnaming his "Osama, Ooops Obama" (typical name-calling banter from low information persons) finishes up with a, very comical, "LOL, have a blessed Easter". I'm Not a Christian, but – wouldn't Jesus, about whom that holiday is about – his teachings of "love one another as you love yourselves", "he without sins... cast the first stone", wouldn't Jesus be a little disturbed at your vitriol? It is such hypocrisy, for people to profess a particular faith – then proceed to act completely OPPOSITE the teachings of that faith. I call such persons, "Christians of Convenience". Such folks should really take a long look at themselves in the mirror. What are you really angry about? This kind of hatred is sucking the life out of this country, and is not healthy.

    April 23, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. ACustomer

    It's just Trump's way ot getting media/marketing attention.

    April 23, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Captain Awesome

    I find it both amusing and insulting that the media is fact-checking every single word spoken by Donald Trump. Funny how they never did this with president Urkel in 2008. This can only mean one thing: that the media is somehow threatened by Mr. Trump at making Obama look stupid – which shouldn't be too hard. After all, Obama won't be running on his record, because his record in the last two and a half years is dismal.

    April 23, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. TJeff1776

    What I don't see is conservatives blasting Fox news for being anti-liberal and pro-conser. BUT folks, look at them herein
    blasting CNN for what THEY perceive as pro-liberal. I think CNN is pretty darn balanced myself. BUT then, anything
    AT ALL printed/stated in favor of Obama will receive conser criticism- for sure. Obama they HATE with a purple passion.
    Obama MUST be doing something RIGHT.

    April 23, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. NickAnast

    Wow! It's amazing how many of you completely MISREAD the article. The third paragraph clearly states, "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." In other words, Donald Trump is a LIAR.

    April 23, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. R

    I am not a fan of the Donald or the GOP but seriously, this story showcases what is wrong with politics and media. So what if he didn't vote. That is his choice and his right to exercise. It does not make him a bad person or incompetent. 99.9% of the American public could not recite their voting record verbatim over the past 25 years either.

    April 23, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Dave

    Yo, Jim. The article clearly says that Trump did not vote in the 2002 GENERAL ELECTION, and then goes on to add that he missed some primaries as well. I take it that reading comprehension was not a major emphasis where you went to school.

    April 23, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. CarolO

    Trump is looking more like a butt-head everyday. And now for his latest lie.....Obama's grandparents forged his birth certificate so they could collect food stamps? Really? His grandmother was the Vice-President of the bank for crying out loud but when do we now start to attack the deceased family members?

    April 23, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Bob

    A lot of the comments seem to be supporting Trump because it focuses on the primaries but doesn't the article also state that Trump didn't vote in the 2002 general election? I get that ALL news media has a bias, but with regard to Trump being a liar, am I missing something here?

    April 23, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Name L. Renee

    I'm tired of everyone dogging President Obama. He didn't dig us into this hole we're in. If Donald Trump lied about something so insignificant what else will he lie about?

    April 23, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Rob

    Really?? So if I understand this correctly, CNN can easily find obscure voting records from NY primaries, but Barrys birth certificate is still among the missing? More amazing than this, is the number of people who fail to see the irony.
    I'm far more interested in knowing why a sitting US president would spend millions evading something so basic (showing an actual legal birth certificate), I couldn't register my children to attend school, or even play little league sports without one, but somehow you can register with an election board to run for president and simply say.... Ummmm yes I was born here?
    I'm not a Trumo supporter but the hypochrisy on these message boards amaze me. Keep drinking the Obama Kool-aid folks.

    April 23, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Animenut

    I hope Trump stays in the race. Primaries, debates and Sunday talk shows. I hope Palin, Bachmann, Gingrich, Sanctorum and other stars in the GOP firmament get in as well.

    April 23, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Mike

    OMG, who cares. What does this have to do with his policy and what does this have to do with the country?

    April 23, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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