Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump just lost two likely votes in the April 19 New York primary: those of his own children.
Calling in to “Fox and Friends” Monday morning, Trump acknowledged that his children, Ivanka and Eric, did not register to vote in the primary.
“They had a long time to register, and they were unaware of the rules and they didn’t register in time,” Trump said. “So they feel very, very guilty. They feel very guilty. But it’s fine, I mean, I understand that. I think they have to register a year in advance, and they didn’t.”
Actually, they didn’t have to register a year in advance. The state Board of Elections had a deadline of March 25 for new voter registrations for the primary.
Chalk it up to the restrictive nature of the state’s voter registration law. Many states allow voters to change their party affiliation closer to primary day.
Eleven states and the District of Columbia offer same-day voter registration. And some states allow Democrats to vote in the Republican Party, and vice versa. But New York does not allow anything of that sort.
One might presume the topic of primary voting and voter registration might come up in a family whose patriarch is running for president and whose children are involved in his campaign.
Washington Post political blogger Philip Bump noted, though, that Trump – while drawing more votes than any other Republican candidate – has yet to master the rules of the game.
Last weekend, for example, he got entirely shut out of delegates at the Colorado state Republican convention by his chief rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
“He’s been unable to figure out how to do much beyond ask voters to pledge to support him,” Bump noted. “Even if those voters share his DNA.”