Justin Timberlake vowed to bring sexy back. Eric Trump wants to make America great again. But despite those seemingly divergent mission statements, the pop star and the son of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump might have more in
Eric Trump might have run afoul of New York election law on Tuesday while casting a vote for his father by taking a photo of his ballot, CNBC reports.
According to CNBC, the younger Trump tweeted a photo of his ballot early Thursday, writing, “It is an incredible honor to vote for my father! He will do such a great job for the U.S.A!”
An admirable display of family pride, perhaps, but the tweet was reportedly yanked after Electionland informed Trump — and all the other voters out there — not to, um, do that if you’re voting in the Empire State.
“A quick reminder to other New York voters: This is actually illegal. Please do not post a picture of your ballot (or a ballot selfie),” the organization tweeted.
A quick reminder to other New York voters: This is actually illegal. Please do not post a picture of your ballot (or a ballot selfie). https://t.co/zOlnCHwVB8
— Electionland (@electionland) November 8, 2016
New York does prohibit ballot selfies; late least week, federal judge P. Kevin Castel upheld the ban against showing one’s marked ballot to others after a lawsuit was filed on behalf of voters. The suit contended that displaying one’s ballot falls under the protection of the First Amendment, but Castel ruled that voters could make their choices known via “other powerful means.”
Of course, this all presumes that the younger Trump cast his ballot in New York, which would seem to be the case. Back in April, Eric Trump explained that he had missed the deadline to register for the New York primary, telling Anderson Cooper that “it was our first kind of foray in politics,” and adding that it was “an educational process.”
Another lesson learned, apparently.
Last month, Timberlake found himself in potential legal hot water after posting a photo of himself casting his ballot in his native Tennessee. A spokesman for the Shelby County district attorney’s office initially said that the case was under review, citing a law prohibiting the taking of photos and videos in polling places. However, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich quickly clarified that her office wouldn’t pursue the matter, saying, No one in our office is currently investigating this matter nor will we be using our limited resources to do so.”