Stephen Bannon – the newest manager of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and also the editor of Breitbart – is registered to vote in Miami, Florida, using an address of rented property.
But he never lived in the home, its owner told The Guardian on August 26. In fact, Bannon simply rented the property for his ex-wife, Diane Clohesy.
Neighbors of that address say he was never there. His own accountants, who paid the rent according to Bannon’s divorce settlement, also agree that Trump’s new campaign manager didn’t reside at the address. And no one has lived in the home, which is about to be demolished, for several months, according to that property owner.
Prior to his registration at that address, Bannon was registered to vote at another Miami address, which was also only occupied by his ex-wife.
Bannon actually lives on the opposite side of the country in California, where he’s a “Laguna Beach resident,” according to a Los Angeles Times story from earlier this month. He owns an LA condominium, too, The Guardian reports. And according to Bloomberg, Bannon spends much time in a Washington, D.C. townhouse he also owns.
So why would Bannon register to vote in the state of Florida? Well, California’s a solid blue state in presidential elections, and so is D.C., by far. Florida, however, is a designated “battleground state” that could go either way with its electoral votes. Perhaps this leader of the “alt right” movement think his vote counts more in Florida?
But would Bannon’s vote be worth the cost? Florida voter registration forms specify that in order for one to register, “you must be a … Florida resident,” and require applicants to sign an oath that “all of the information provided in this application is true.” The local elections bureau also specifies that “you must reside in Miami-Dade County” to register. And according to Florida law:
“A person who willfully submits any false voter registration information commits a felony of the third degree(.)”
Bannon never replied to The Guardian’s request for comment. That could be because he’s busy preparing a plan if legal authorities question him about this false registration. After all, punishment for this crime is up to five years in prison, according to Florida law.
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