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President Donald Trump’s sweeping preview of his plans to investigate voter fraud in the United States includes those registered in more than one state.
A number of people closest to the president fall into that category, including his Treasury Secretary nominee, Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, as well as his younger daughter, Tiffany Trump.
Trump’s Twitter account last week said he would be asking for a “major investigation” into voter fraud, “including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time).”
“Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” the tweet stated.
It’s not illegal to be registered in two states and just because someone is, it doesn’t mean they vote in both. Trump’s comments likely suggest a crackdown on those who actually vote in two or more states — claims that secretaries of state across the country have dismissed as baseless.
Mnuchin is registered in New York and California, according to a public voter database, and Kushner in New York and New Jersey.
Tiffany Trump is registered in New York and Pennsylvania, where she went to college, according to the database.
The president’s chief counsel, Steve Bannon, shifted his Florida registration last summer, from a former home in Miami-Dade County where his ex-wife once lived, to a beachfront home owned by a Breitbart colleague in Sarasota County on the Gulf Coast.
Last week, Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner told reporters Bannon never voted in the county and had been removed from the county’s rolls this week based on information received from New York City’s elections office.
A request for comment from the White House on how the proposed investigation might seek to address the two-state registration issue was not immediately answered.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have finalized their election results with no reports of the kind of widespread fraud that Trump alleges.
Trump has long asserted that the system is “rigged,” but he increasingly vocalized his concerns in August after courts rejected tough voter ID rules put in place for the first time in a presidential election in states including North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
The rulings cited a risk of disenfranchising the poor, minorities or young people who were less likely to have acceptable IDs — and who are more likely to vote Democratic.