It turns out Jared Kushner and Sean Spicer are also registered to vote in two states

By Matea Gold and Alice Crites January 26

Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is currently registered to vote in New Jersey and New York. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and one of his closest White House advisers, is registered to vote in both New Jersey and New York, while White House press secretary Sean Spicer is on the rolls both in Virginia and his home state of Rhode Island, according to elections officials and voting registration records.

Their dual registrations offer two more high-profile examples of how common it is for voters to be on the rolls in multiple states — something Trump has claimed is evidence of voter fraud.

With Kushner and Spicer, The Washington Post has now identified five Trump family members or top administration appointees who were registered in two states during the fall election. The others are chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon; Tiffany Trump, the president’s youngest daughter; and Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin, as first reported by CNN.

[Stephen Bannon was registered to vote in two states — despite his efforts to take himself off the rolls in Florida]

White House officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Trump said this week that the fact that many voters are registered in two states is a sign of widespread voter fraud, calling for a “major investigation” into his unsubstantiated claim that millions of people cast illegal ballots in November.

“You have people that are registered who are dead, who are illegals, who are in two states,” the president told ABC’s David Muir on Wednesday. “You have people registered in two states. They’re registered in a New York and a New Jersey. They vote twice. There are millions of votes, in my opinion.”

[Trump to sign executive order related to voter fraud]

It is not illegal to be registered to vote in two states, and elections officials say that does not mean voters are casting ballots in two locations. In fact, it is quite common for out-of-date registrations to linger on the rolls, due to voters dying or moving to new jurisdictions. A 2012 Pew Center on the States study that Trump has erroneously cited as evidence of voter fraud found that about 2.75 million people were registered in more than one state — largely because voters did not report when they moved to new jurisdictions.

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During the daily briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that widespread voter fraud is a belief President Trump has “maintained for a while.” (Reuters)
“It’s not fraud,” said John Lindback, executive director of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a nonprofit organization that works with states to improve the accuracy of their voting rolls. “When people move from one state to another or move down the street, they don’t think to change their voter registration.”

That appears to be what happened in the case of Kushner, who married Trump’s daughter Ivanka in October 2009. New Jersey voting records show that he registered to vote there in 1999 and cast ballots in New Jersey through the November 2009 state general election, when now-Gov. Chris Christie (R) was on the ballot for his first race.

Later that month, Kushner registered in New York at his Park Avenue address. Voting records show he began casting ballots in New York in 2010.

Representatives for Kushner did not respond to requests for comment.

[A Trump supporter was charged with voting twice. Her lawyer says she shouldn’t stand trial.]

Spicer last voted in Rhode Island in 1998, according to state records, which means his registration should have been declared inactive or removed by now. But the Rhode Island Board of Elections confirmed to The Post that he is still listed as having an active voter registration. Since September 1999, Spicer has also been registered to vote in Alexandria, Va., according to elections officials there.

In the case of Bannon, he was registered until this week in both New York and Florida, despite his efforts to remove himself from the rolls in the latter. Mnuchin is registered in both New York, where he last voted in 2008, and in California, where he cast his ballot in November, election records show. And Tiffany Trump, the president’s daughter, is registered in New York and Pennsylvania, where she was attending college until May.

On Thursday, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway disputed that Tiffany Trump held dual registrations, telling NBC’s “Today” that the president’s youngest daughter told her “it is flatly false that she is registered in two states.”

But elections officials said voters often do not realize they stay on the rolls after they have moved out of a jurisdiction.

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One major reason that out-of-date registrations are not always flagged is that fewer than half the states participate in ERIC, a cooperative that was created after the 2012 Pew study to help make voter rolls more accurate and comprehensive. Members of the group, which currently includes 20 states and the District of Columbia, are required to share their voter registration data every 60 days. The nonprofit group uses that data — along with information from state motor vehicle departments, the Social Security death index and the U.S. Postal Service’s national change of address list — to match and update voter files. In 2016, it identified about 2 million voters who had moved, passed away or had duplicate registrations.

“Before ERIC was formed, it was much worse,” Lindback said. But he noted that some of the most populous states, including California, Florida and New York, do not participate. If more states join,”the number of cases will go way down,” he added.

Lindback, who previously served as Oregon’s director of elections, said he is hopeful that Trump’s focus on dual registrations could help encourage more states to exchange data. But he said he’s concerned that the president’s debunked claims that millions of illegal votes were cast in November could “have the effect of reducing confidence in how our elections are run.”

“I just don’t get it,” he added. “I have been in elections a lot of years, and it’s usually the loser of an election who claims fraud. I’ve never seen a winner claim fraud. What is going on here?”

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AFL-CIO’s Trumka Says Both Parties Have Lost Focus On U.S. Workers

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington.
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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka laid out his vision for organized labor Tuesday, taking on both political parties for catering to moneyed interests instead of focusing on the plight of American workers — the hallmark of the presidential campaign.

“Republicans, and too many Democrats, have rigged our economy to enrich a select few,” the union chief told an audience at the National Press Club.

“Give every worker out there the right to bargain with their employer for better wages, better working conditions whether you have a union or not,” he said.
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Trumka’s cautionary messages about allowing corporations to enrich themselves at the expense of workers, and the dangers of deregulation struck a familiar theme for unions. But the speech was also notable for the way it veered from traditional party politics, calling attention to a growing rift in the once-solid relationship between unions and the Democratic Party.

“We’ll stand up to the corporate Republicans who attack working people and the neoliberal Democrats who take us for granted,” Trumka said. During the last election, 37 percent of the AFL-CIO’s membership voted for Trump. Both parties, he argued, are struggling with an identity crisis.

In the early days, Trumka and other union leaders supported the Trump administration’s position against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. But more recently, he said, the administration has lost its focus on workers in favor of relaxing rules on employers.

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“There is a Wall Street wing that seeks to undermine Donald Trump’s promises to workers, and there’s a competing wing that could actually win some progress that working people need,” he said. “I’m concerned that the Wall Street wing of the White House is starting to hijack the agenda.”

Unions are not what they were during Trumka’s childhood in Pennsylvania coal country, when about a third of all American workers were members of unions. That declined to about 20 percent in the early 1980s. Now, it’s half that. Trumka himself referenced unions’ efforts to reverse that trend, including organizing efforts with white collar workers such as graduate students and technology professionals, as well as hotel and fast-food workers.

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Trumka also called on workers to advocate for their interests with their employers, whether or not they can join a union.

Aparna Mathur, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute, said the message is a big departure from the decades-long emphasis unions have had on increasing membership.

“I think it is a recognition that, at some level, what unions did 50 years ago is not what they are able to do today,” she said.

Mathur said there are pragmatic realities facing unions. There is less interest in union membership among workers. Now, 28 states have right-to-work laws that prohibit unions from compelling the payment of dues or representation.

Unions are weaker, she said, and Trumka is trying to keep the worker movement going, with or without unions.

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Trump administration attacks rule protecting retirees from getting ripped off

The Department of Labor has taken a first step toward dismantling the fiduciary duty rule put forward by Obama.
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As things currently stand, a financial adviser helping a retiree pick investments doesn’t have to put the retiree’s interests first. Instead, the adviser can steer his client toward products that make him money but that might not be the smartest investment choice. This conflicted advice has been estimated to cost Americans $17 billion a year.

The Obama administration took action to change the rules so that advisers have to put retirees’ interests ahead of their own, otherwise known as the fiduciary duty rule. The new rules were set to go into effect this month. But now, the Trump administration is taking steps to whittle them down or do away with them altogether, allowing advisers to continue pushing clients into costly investment choices.

On Tuesday evening, the administration officially delayed the implementation of the new rules by 60 days, pushing one part of it back to June and the rest of it to January 2018.

In February, President Trump signed an executive order instructing the Department of Labor, which issued the original rules, to consider revising or rescinding them. In its announcement of the delay this week, the department said the move will allow it to examine whether the rules “may adversely affect the ability of Americans to gain access to retirement information and financial advice” and to “consider possible changes.”

These are all steps toward dismantling the rule. “We want them to cease the implementation of this and completely review the fiduciary rule,” a senior White House official told Time in February. “We think that this was a complete miss on what [the Obama administration] were trying to do. It has taken away a huge variety of investment options for individual investors.”

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But it’s not going to be as easy as a sweep of Trump’s pen. According to the Administrative Procedure Act, any rule interpreting or implementing a policy must go through a public comment period.

“To start to roll back something that already went through a considerable deliberative process is going to take time,” said Chris Lu, former deputy secretary at the Department of Labor under President Obama.

On top of that, the administration will need to prove that something significant enough has changed since the Obama administration issued the final rules to vindicate undoing them. “They’re going to have to justify any changes they make. That’s not always the easiest thing to do,” he said. “You can’t just undo regulations, you actually have to have a justification for doing it.”

Before issuing the final rules last year, the Department of Labor held four days of hearings and 100 stakeholder meetings and fielded thousands of public comments. It then prepared a 382-page cost-benefit analysis of the expected impact.

“We went through an exhaustive notice and comment period,” Lu said. “We looked at the comments and made a considered decision about how we should craft the rule.” After the comment period, the department made some changes and clarifications that included exemptions and phase in periods.

To reverse that progress, the Trump administration will have to field comments, which are likely to be about the same as before, and say the outcome has changed. “They’re going to be looking at the exact same facts that are presented to them and have to justify a completely different decision,” Lu said. Just saying that administrations changed parties isn’t enough.

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