Ivanka and Eric Trump can’t vote for dad because they didn’t register

One week from tomorrow, New York will hold its Democratic and Republican primaries. With the state being home to frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we can expect photo-ops of these candidates voting for themselves.

But one of the things we won’t see is a photo-op of Ivanka or Eric Trump voting for their dad.

You see, New York has a closed primary, meaning that only registered Republicans will have a chance to vote for Trump next week. This is a problem for Ivanka, who is registered to vote but is not affiliated with a political party. It’s an even bigger problem for Eric, as it’s unclear if he is registered to vote at all.

Either way, it’s hard to heap too much blame on them. New York’s voter registration deadline for voting in next week’s primary was March 30th, and the deadline to update partisan affiliation was October 9th of last year — over six months ago. New York has the earliest cutoff for updating partisan affiliation in the country (though it’s unclear what the eligibility rules are for someone moves to the state in between the two deadlines and registers with a party).

That doesn’t mean they, and their dad, aren’t embarrassed. From TalkingPointsMemo:

Donald and Ivanka Trump, via Wikimedia Commons

Donald and Ivanka Trump, via Wikimedia Commons

Asked if they were “unable to register because of the rules,” Trump replied his children, who are both New York City natives, missed the deadline to register.

“They had a longtime register and they were, you know, unaware of the rules, and they didn’t register in time,” Trump told the hosts of “Fox and Friends.” “So they feel very, very guilty.”

He continued: “They feel very guilty. But it’s fine. I understand that. I think they have to register a year in advance and they didn’t. So Eric and Ivanka, I guess, won’t be voting.”

To be clear, failing to register to vote for a member of your own family is an impressive display of civic apathy — especially when you spend four months making videos explaining how important it is to register and vote for Donald Trump. This episode also underscores the fact that Trump garners disproportionate support from adults who have been less likely to engage with the political process in the past. It’s one of the reasons he has performed better in open primaries like New Hampshire and worse in caucuses like Wyoming and closed primaries like Utah.

To be clearer, though, voter registration deadlines are anachronistic and undemocratic. In 2012, state-by-state voter registration deadlines kept as many as four million would-be voters from casting ballots. The Trumps’ case is funny and ironic given their last name, but it is far from unique.

In short, New York’s voter registration deadline could cost Trump more than two votes next week.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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11 Responses to “Ivanka and Eric Trump can’t vote for dad because they didn’t register”

  1. doug dash says:

    Hey, like the old saying goes. You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose but you can’t pick your relatives.

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  3. BeccaM says:

    Jon, we’re dealing with self-entitled plutocrats, the kind of people who don’t rub shoulders with the proles on election day, but instead obtain their political goals by writing checks to whoever looks likely to be in office come next January.

    The Trumps wouldn’t know ‘civic duty’ if it bit them on their collective asses.

    Frankly, I’m surprised Donald Trump himself is registered to vote.

  4. Zorba says:

    Except I think it was a moose’s head, nicho, not a horse’s head. ;-)

  5. MoonDragon says:

    On Ivanka’s part, it’s obviously a way to alienate the man who thinks she’s bangable. Maybe Eric feels the same way.

  6. nicho says:

    Well, if he loses by two votes, he knows who to blame.

  7. nicho says:

    Palin’s in-laws weren’t going to vote for her in 2008. They said so to the local paper here. They don’t like her. Telling the paper was a mistake. They apparently found a horse’s head in their bed and a few weeks later claimed they had been misquoted.

  8. Demosthenes says:

    Ivanka and Eric Trump obviously are very clever. Imagine the horror of being related to The Donald, and then being forced to vote for him. They “forgot”. Kudos to them!

  9. HildaD says:

    The only family getting threating substance mailed to them, being attacked by the GOP, being attacked by the media, being attacked by Soros and Aeris, being attacked by the Obama, gee I wonder why they don’t want to be Republicans! My hat off to them for sending the party packing!

  10. Sally says:

    Gee, wonder if they’re registered for November. I seem to recall a Palin kid or two who didn’t vote for Mama either back in 2008.

  11. dcinsider says:


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