New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t need votes from America’s first family last month to be re-elected – and it’s likely the Democrat who has been derided by President Donald Trump wasn’t going to get them.
But it’s been confirmed that two absentee ballots belonging to members of the president’s family and possibly the commander-in-chief’s itself were thrown out for mistakes.
First Lady Melania Trump didn’t sign the envelope that contained her ballot for the Nov. 7 election, as required by the city’s Board of Elections.
“After making your votes on the ballot, fold the ballot and put it in a smaller envelope,” the instructions say. “Sign and date the back of the envelope. Seal the envelope and put it in the larger envelope that is addressed to the Board of Elections. Mail or deliver your ballot to your borough Board of Elections office.”
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, meanwhile, didn’t mail in her ballot until Election Day, making it too late.
The New York Daily News first reported the mistakes, and NBC News later confirmed them with a board spokeswoman.
The Daily News also pointed out that President Trump’s ballot had the wrong date of birth written on it. The ballot says Trump was born July 14, 1946, but the president’s birthday is one month earlier. The newspaper said it was unclear if the president’s ballot was counted, though officials said it was fine before the mistake was brought to their attention.
The votes, regardless of which way the Trumps went, wouldn’t have made much of a difference, as De Blasio won the election over Nicole Malliotakis by more than 422,000 votes.
There’s a good chance the president went for the Malliotakis, though, being that she’s a member of his own party and he labeled de Blasio “the worst mayor in the United States” in 2015.