The revisions complicate Trump’s own record as a voter at a time when the president has made unsubstantiated allegations of widespread postal fraud.
Trump’s original voter registration application, received from the Washington Post through a public record application, was filed at a time when the president took a publicly known move to move his permanent residence from his Manhattan penthouse to Mar-a- Lay Lago. his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.
The voter application is dated September 27, 201
Applicants for the registration of voters in Florida are warned on registration forms that they may be fined and even jailed if they fail to provide truthful information.
There has been at least one recent case in Florida where an official had legal consequences for registering to vote at an address that was not their legal residence. Last year, the Deltona, Florida city council reached an agreement with the local prosecutor’s office to pay more than $ 5,000 in fees and reimbursements for the state investigation to avoid criminal prosecution in a voter registration case becomes. She had registered to vote using the Deltona City Hall address rather than her home address, and had cast ballots in elections with this registration.
In 1993, a well-known restaurateur was arrested in Palm Beach, where Trump has registered to vote, who was charged with election fraud and was briefly detained for registering to vote in Palm Beach, but Strand lived in the neighboring town of West Palm. An offense in the case was eventually dropped.
A month passed before Trump submitted the second voter registration application, this time with 1100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach – the address of Mar-a-Lago – as his legal residence. There was another difference: Trump’s original voter registration instructed election officials to send his registration documents to Mar-a-Lago to look after another person – Sean McCabe, vice president and general manager of Trump Florida Properties in the neighboring town of West Palmenstrand. (McCabe’s first name – Shawn – is misspelled.)
It is unclear exactly what happened between Trump’s two applications in the 31 days. It is possible that election officials have registered in Florida the DC address on the Application and may have requested a change or clarification.
Palm Beach County’s election officer Wendy Sartory Link and the State Election Department did not answer any written questions. Trump organization officials did not respond to written questions, and McCabe could not be reached for comment.
Trump used his change of residence as a political tool and said at the time of his announcement that he had been mistreated in New York. In addition, he did not explain his reasons.
However, Trump has sent confusing signals about his official country of residence that go beyond the recent change in his Florida voter registration forms. On Monday, during a call to the nation’s governors, he said, “I live in Manhattan” about the response to unrest surrounding protests against the death of an unarmed black man who was detained by the police in Minneapolis.
Then a prominent democratic lawyer Marc E. Elias tweeted: “Sounds like New York is well entitled to taxes. And Florida for election fraud. “
Questions about the legality of Trump’s change of residence have emerged in the past few weeks during an otherwise secular struggle he’s been waging since 2018 to convince Palm Beach to build a dock in Mar-a-Lago.
Trump first made the request, which is being examined by the Palm Beach City Council, and said it was necessary to increase security to protect him. He later changed the request, saying that Mar-a-Lago was his “personal home” and the dock was “for private family use only”. According to the Mar-a-Lago website, he maintains “private quarters” in the club. Trump calls Mar-a-Lago his “winter white house” and has traveled there more than two dozen times during his presidency. According to the Washington Post, he was there for well over 100 days.
Opponents of the dock discovered an agreement with the city that Trump signed in the early 1990s to convert the use of Mar-a-Lago from a family home to a private club. At the time, his lawyer told the council that he would not be living in the club, but would use the facilities like any other member. The agreement also prohibits members from staying in the club for more than 21 days a year, divided into three non-consecutive visits.
“It’s one way or another – it’s a club or it’s your home,” Reginald Stambaugh, a lawyer representing a neighbor who is against Trump’s docking plan, told the Post in an interview last month. “You can’t have it both ways.”
Trump withdrew the dock request in early May – three days after The Post reported the use agreement and potential legal issues. His lawyer informed the council that he would consider the question again later.
Glenn Zeitz, a Philadelphia area attorney who has a home in Palm Beach and has provided informal advice to those at port, said that the withdrawal has no impact on the legal issues raised by Trump’s residence problem. Zeitz has said that Trump’s decision to use Mar-a-Lago as his residence could be “a significant and serious potential legal obstacle” to Trump’s registration in Florida. The revelation about Trump using a non-state address for his first voter application only adds further questions, he said.
“It’s just pale,” said Zeitz, “that something like that is going to be done.”
Amy Gardner, Philip Bump and Alice Crites contributed to this report.