New York has a closed primary system that required previously registered voters to officially declare a party affiliation by October 9, 2015 in order to cast ballots in the April 19 presidential primary.
Those rigid requirements are expected to cause problems next week, since more than three million New Yorkers, or 27 percent of the state’s voters, are registered outside the Republican and Democratic parties, and many of them might not be aware of the rules. In fact, among the disenfranchised are Eric and Ivanka Trump, children of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
New York’s Upcoming Primary Is ‘Closed Shut’ To Certain VotersDevin Cannon’s voter registration has been marked “independent” for as long as she can remember. This means she’s never…thinkprogress.orgDuring an interview on Fox & Friends Monday morning, Trump disclosed that Eric and Ivanka were “unaware of the rules” and “didn’t register in time.” Therefore, they won’t be able to vote for their dad in his home state.
On Fox, Trump revealed Eric and Ivanka Trump didn't "register in time" to vote in NY primary and feel "very guilty." pic.twitter.com/2ziAQpeAiN
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At least Eric and Ivanka figured out their status in advance. Susan Lerner, executive director at Common Cause New York, recently told ThinkProgress she’s expecting that “there are going to be some number of people who are going to show up at polling places on April 19 expecting to be able to vote because they’re registered, and they won’t be able to… People don’t understand that they have to register very far in advance.”
In this case, Eric and Ivanka’s votes almost certainly won’t be needed. The most recent polling shows Trump with a commanding 34-point lead over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).