Donald Trump did not vote in a primary election for 21 years

April 25, 2011 - 0:0

He's talking about running the country, but Donald Trump's record on voting in elections, or rather the lack of it, is coming under fire. The New York City Board of Elections says Trump did not vote in any primary elections for 21 years. The registered Republican, who has been touting himself as a prospective presidential candidate, would first need to get GOP voters to nominate him in a primary – a process in which official records show Trump repeatedly failed to participate in.

The real estate developer and reality show entertainer voted in the 1989 primary for mayor when Rudolph Giuliani beat business magnate Ronald Lauder.But according to City Board of Elections documents, Trump failed to show up at the primaries after that for 21 years.
Among the presidential primaries he missed were 1988 when George Bush Sr. was nominated and Bob Dole in 1996. Trump became a Democrat in 2001, and documents show he ignored that party’s primaries as well, missing the 2001 and 2005 primaries for mayor.
In 2002, not only did Trump miss the Democratic primaries for statewide offices, but records show he also skipped the general election, the Associated Press reports. There is also no evidence that Trump voted in the presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, even though he voiced support for Obama after Clinton took New York State.
Trump told NY1 in 2008: 'I think (Barack Obama) has a chance to go down as a great president,” Trump told NY1 in 2008. “Now if he's not, if he's not a great president then this country is in trouble.' NY1 was the first to report the information about Trump's no-show at the polls. An angry Trump told the station that it was wrong and that he's voted in every general election.
Trump said: 'I voted in every general election … You’re going to pay a big price because you’re wrong ... I have records that I voted and so does the Board of Elections … I signed in at every election.' His lawyer Michael Cohen said Saturday that ""for one of the greatest international businessmen who travels all over the country and the world, his voting record is very, very good.""
Trump still hasn't confirmed whether he's running for the Republican nomination in 2012. Chiefs at NBC, the network that airs his hit reality TV show The Apprentice, doubt that he will enter the race.
'This is Donald being Donald,' one senior executive said. 'Any decision is still weeks away.' Trump has said he will announce his intentions before June but has already put plans for further series of his reality show The Apprentice on hold after becoming the GOP frontrunner in latest poll.
The potential Republican contender said he told NBC last week he could not commit to a three-year contract extension for the series until he decides whether he's running. There has been growing speculation that he will announce his decision on the night of the grand finale of the current series of Celebrity Apprentice on May 22.