“I have never been registered anywhere else. I have voted in NY County for 28 years and not move [sic].I was US Attorney there and Mayor. This was one of NY State’s numerous voter irregularities, if not voter fraud. The signature on the Suffolk County registration is clearly a fraud,” Giuliani said in a text message.
CNN obtained copies of Giuliani’s voter file through open records requests to the New York State, New York City, and Suffolk County boards of elections. The file also shows Giuliani has voted by mail nine times in the past, dating back to 2002.
The records initially indicated that Giuliani did not vote in the 2020 election, but a further search found that Giuliani voted in Manhattan on Halloween.
Because Giuliani’s name did not appear on the voter rolls in New York City when he showed up to vote early in Manhattan, he cast an affidavit ballot swearing he was registered to vote in the district where he voted. CNN obtained a copy of Giuliani’s signed affidavit oath swearing he was registered to vote in New York City.
Despite Giuliani not being registered to vote in New York City at the time, New York City Board of Election spokesperson Valerie Vazquez-Diaz told CNN the vote was valid and would be counted. The NYC BOE pointed to a paragraph from a 2019 press release
from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on landmark election legislation on the universal transfer of registration, which says that when a voter moves elsewhere in the state, their registration should “seamlessly” move with them.
The law states
that it shall transfer the registration and enrollment “for any voter who submits a ballot in an affidavit ballot envelope which sets forth such a new address,” effectively working as a way to change a voter’s registration on Election Day.
Jerry Goldfeder, a prominent New York election and campaign finance lawyer who previously worked for Cuomo when the governor was the New York attorney general, explained to CNN that the universal transfer of registration is “elastic” and that it gives voters who own multiple homes across the state a choice of where to vote from.
“If a voter has more than one bona fide residence, she or he can choose from which one to register and vote. And the law is sufficiently elastic to allow the voter to switch voting residences back and forth—but of course they can’t vote more than once in an election,” Goldfeder said in an email.