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We Looked at Voting Records of 6 Notable NYers; Here's What We Found

By Nicole Levy | April 18, 2016 11:11am | Updated on April 18, 2016 11:22am

Ready to exercise your right to vote on Tuesday?

When you do show up at your local poll site, employees of the New York City Board of Elections will be there to document your participation in the democratic process and update your voting record. 

That record and those of all the other 4.5 million registered voters in New York City are accessible to the public at the Board of Elections offices in all five boroughs. 

DNAinfo peeked inside and found, among other tidbits, that a number of prominent city residents — director Spike Lee, media magnate Rupert Murdoch and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper — didn't vote in the 2013 mayoral election. 

Here's what we discovered about six other notable New Yorkers on our trip to the department's executive office in the Financial District last week:

Donald Trump


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Trump has toggled between political parties at least five times. The Republican presidential candidate first registered to vote in 1987, as a member of the Republican Party. He defected to the Independence Party in 1999. Two years later, he joined the Democratic Party for the first time. In 2003, he went back to his roots in the Republican Party, but remained restless. In 2005, he flipped back to the Democratic side, and in 2009, he crossed the aisle, yet again, to the Republican Party.

Megyn Kelly


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Trump arch-nemesis (or new ally?) Megyn Kelly has been praised for her probing interviews with politicians from both the Republican and Democratic parties. The Fox News anchor, who notoriously called Trump out for his sexism during the first Republican debate, came out as an independent in an interview with Variety last summer

But she hasn't always been non-partisan. Kelly's voting registration records show that she left the Republican Party in 2013. 

Ivanka and Eric Trump

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As reported last week, two of Trump's children won't be voting for him in the primary election Tuesday. Ivanka Trump and her brother Eric failed to register with the Republican Party before New York state's cut-off date for changing party affiliation, Oct. 9.

"They had a long time to register and they were, you know, unaware of the rules and ... didn't register in time, so they feel very, very guilty," their dad said in a phone interview with "Fox and Friends" last week.

Ivanka Trump's voting record shows that she has never been affiliated with any political party. Her brother's record reveals that he left the Republican Party to become an independent voter in 2010.

Lena Dunham

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The actress, director and memoirist has been a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton, publishing an interview with the Democratic presidential front-runner in her Lenny newsletter and stumping for her in January

But Dunham's voter registration records suggest she's in the same situation as the Trump children. They showed she registered to join the Democratic Party in November, after the cut-off, indicating she won't be able to cast her ballot for Hillary in the primary.

Neither Dunham nor her publicist replied to a request for comment.

Dante de Blasio

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Mayor Bill de Blasio's son Dante, who registered as a Democrat in the fall, will be casting his ballot for the first time ever in the New York primary. In his first year at Yale University in Connecticut, Dante has requested an absentee ballot.