Screengrab via Eric Trump/Twitter

Donald Trump’s son broke a New York election law with this incredibly dumb tweet

Can you spot the problem here?


Austin Powell


Published Nov 8, 2016   Updated Feb 28, 2020, 9:00 pm CST

There’s no question who Eric Trump was going to vote for, but just in case there were any doubts, he shared a photo of has ballot early Tuesday morning. 

There’s just one small problem: Trump cast his ballot in New York, which is one of 18 states where ballot selfies are illegal. State law prohibits “any person who … makes or keeps any memorandum of anything occurring within the booth, or directly or indirectly, reveals to another the name of any candidate voted for by such voter; or shows his ballot after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents.” It’s considered a misdemeanor. 

It’s likely that nothing will become of the incident. Trump quickly deleted the tweet and, as the Verge notes, the law has been challenged recently in New York. 

But it’s an important PSA to check your state laws before casting your ballot. You wouldn’t want anyone to think this whole thing is rigged.  

H/T Fusion

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*First Published: Nov 8, 2016, 2:22 pm CST