Whoops! Eric Trump was so proud of voting for his dad Donald for president that he tweeted out a picture of his marked ballot, which is totally illegal. HollywoodLife.com talked to an attorney who tells us whether or not he could be facing charges as a result!
“It’s a misdemeanor for any person to show their ballot after it’s been prepared for voting, so as to reveal its contents. Technically this misdemeanor is punishable up to a year in jail or a $1000 fine. The reality is Eric Trump won’t be arrested for it, nor will he be prosecuted for it. The police are more concerned about ensuring that people are able to vote and vote safely, than they are about arresting people who have violated an antiquated 126-year-old law.” New York attorney Robert Wallack tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
So it looks like Eric, 32, is going to skate after posting a “ballot selfie,” which is illegal in most of the country, including New York where he voted Nov. 8. “It’s an incredible honor to vote for my father. He will do such a great job for the U.S.A! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain,” he shared on his Twitter, showing off his marked ballot where he checked off his dad Donald, 70. Obviously he didn’t know he was committing a misdemeanor crime in the process, because he deleted the tweet a few hours later.
Eric is an admitted political newbie when it comes to elections, as he couldn’t even vote in the New York primary back on April 19. Both he and his sister Ivanka, 35, didn’t register in advance as Republicans and were shut out of casting their ballots for their dad. At the time Eric pleaded ignorance, saying “It was our first foray into politics we didn’t realize how the whole system worked.” At least he registered this time around to vote for his pop, but he still managed to cause controversy in the process by illegally showing off his marked ballot! You’d think as the son of the Republican presidential nominee he would have become a little more aware of election laws by now!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Eric just made an honest mistake? Or should he have done a better job at being aware of election laws, especially since his dad is running for president?