First Lady Melania Trump and First Daughter Ivanka Trump may live in Washington, D.C. these days, but at this time last year, they were still both residents of New York City, New York. But from the sounds of things, they may need to brush up on the rules and requirements for sending in their absentee ballots ― according to The New York Daily News, both Ivanka and Melania's 2017 New York absentee ballots were thrown out, having been invalid due to errors and missed deadlines.
According to the report, both Melania and Ivanka's absentee ballots in the 2017 New York City mayoral race will not be counted. In Melania's case, it's reportedly due to her failing to sign the envelope containing her ballot while in Ivanka's case, she missed the deadline, having sent her ballot on Nov. 7, the day of the election. Absentee ballots in New York, according to the state's board of elections, must be received by a voter's county board no later than seven days prior to the election, meaning Ivanka missed the cut.
The report also notes that Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, didn't have his vote counted either, but for a far more obvious reason: he didn't even send his ballot back in, deciding to sit the election out.
The report also notes that Trump himself sent in a ballot, and although New York officials initially told The New York Daily News that his was fine, properly filled out, and counted, the paper then alerted them to the fact that he botched his own birthday.
It's strange, yes, but it's true. According to the report, which included scans of his ballot application, his birthday was listed as July 14, 1946, when in reality his birthday is June 14, 1946. It's unclear whether he filled out the ballot personally or delegated the job to a subordinate, but whatever the answer, it seems the person filling it out didn't do a very good job. According to the report, it was unclear if the notification of the error changed whether Trump's ballot was counted.
It's important to note that voting in New York, like any place in the United States, is done by secret ballot ― in other words, the disclosures in this report say nothing about which mayoral candidate any of the Trumps voted for. Ivanka and Jared, in their previous lives as businesspeople and Manhattan socialites, reportedly held somewhat liberal political views, as the president himself once did. Nowadays, however, both are members of a Republican administration, in one of the most polarized environments in American political history.
The president, on the other hand, has referred to New York mayor Bill de Blasio as "the worst mayor in the U.S." and "the worst mayor in the history of New York City." That broadside clearly didn't have much sway over the city's voters, however ― he won reelection easily, claiming 66 percent of the vote. Back in 2013, Trump bragged on Twitter that he'd predicted de Blasio's victory two years prior.
This isn't the first time the Trump family's voting habits have drawn attention. Last year, on the day of the 2016 presidential election, Donald and Melania's trip to their polling place drew plenty of attention, both thanks to the risible response it got, and Donald's seemingly suspicious attitude towards his wife's vote.
A photo of him appearing to peer over the divider to see who she'd voted for went viral, although it was quickly washed out, overwhelmed, and forgotten as the day wore on. Trump ultimately won the election, which irrevocably changed the course of American history, not to mention the lives of Trump's immediate family.