9/16/12

Voting from the Empty Nest

According to the New York Post, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s grown children Edward Silver, Michelle Trebitsch and Esther Fried, although registered to vote at Silver's residence at 550 Grand Street in Manhattan, live outside the borough:  Silver in Cedarhurst, L.I., Trebitsch in Brooklyn, and Fried in Clifton, N.J.

That's technically illegal, and sometimes gets prosecuted, usually as a misdemeanor.  The 1997 case in which Brooklyn DA Charlie Hynes famously charged Brooklyn attorney and perennial candidate John O’Hara with multiple felony counts for voting from his girlfriend's Sunset Park address was almost unprecedented.

Silver’s office, responding to the Post article, said the New York State election law gives voters "wide latitude" to vote from their chosen residence, so long as they register and vote from only one.

The Post countered that state election law defines residence as “that place where a person maintains a fixed, permanent and principal home and to which he, wherever temporarily located, always intends to return.”

There's no evidence that Silver's grown children intend to return to 550 Grand Street.

The irony is that Silver, first elected in 1976, is famous for using the state election law to scuttle potential rivals.

The New York Post article.

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