The son of the Republican presidential nominee, Eric Trump, has not had a shortage of less than flattering moments in this election season, but he has managed to avoid violating the law … until Election Day.
On the final day of a long presidential campaign, in the process of the last official thing he has to do for the campaign, Eric Trump seems to have broken the law by photographing his ballot in New York.
“It is an incredible honor to vote for my father! He will do such a great job for the U.S.A!”
Eric Trump has now deleted this tweet, which may have broken New York's law against ballot selfies pic.twitter.com/l1aLgprpaH
— Seth Fiegerman (@sfiegerman) November 8, 2016
The state of New York is among those that prohibit photographs in polling stations, sharing completed ballots, and taking ballot selfies. Last week, New York Magazine said that violations carry penalties of a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Additionally, last week, a New York judge rejected a petition from three plaintiffs asking him to allow ballot selfies this year.
Manhattan District Court Judge Kevin Castel ruled last week that it was too late to change the rules:
“A last minute, judicially imposed change in the protocol at 5,300 polling places would be a recipe for delays and a disorderly election, as well intentioned voters either took the perfectly posed selfie or struggled with their rarely used smartphone camera,”
In addition, those taking ballot selfies inside a polling place may inadvertently capture the ballots of other voters who did not wish to have their ballots publicized.”
Early in the race, the GOP nominee had vowed to carry his home state even though New York has been very clearly Democratic and has been part of what Democrats call ‘The Blue Wall,’ their built in electoral advantage in presidential races. It appears that this race will be no different as Hillary Clinton has continuously led by wide margins in the polls.