Donald Trump tweeted yesterday that he was calling for an investigation into voter fraud:
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states….” As many politicians and analysts stepped in front of microphones to allege that there is no such voter fraud, investigative reporters quickly determined that there are indeed people registered to vote in two states.
Investigative reporters quickly discovered that there are indeed voters registered to vote in more than one state. They found that Donald Trump’s daughter Tiffany is registered to vote in both Pennsylvania and New York. Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon was registered to vote in both Florida and New York until the Sarasota County supervisor of elections removed him from the Florida voter rolls yesterday after press reports exposed him. Donald Trump’s treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin is registered to vote in California and New York.
Despite the implied claim in Donald Trump’s tweet, being registered to vote in more that one jurisdiction does not in itself constitute voter fraud. Fraud occurs if the person votes in both jurisdictions. There is no evidence (so far?) that any of these three persons did that.
Nevertheless, given the evidence that Trump supporters were registered to vote in multiple states during the election, perhaps Donald Trump should call into question the legitimacy of his election. I can’t wait for him to go before the press to admit that there could have been fraud involved in his election and to offer to resign.