Voting is a personal and private act, even if you’re the spouse of a major party candidate.
GOP nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania voted side-by-side at P.S. 59 (a Manhattan school) in New York City this morning.
Cameras caught the candidate as he peeked at his wife while she was casting her ballot.
— CNN (@CNN) November 8, 2016
The shot quickly went viral.
When you’re worried that your wife copied off of Michelle again. pic.twitter.com/cfLwDvHCn4
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 8, 2016
Comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted the photo with the caption”When you’re worried that your wife copied off of Michelle again,” referring to Melania’s convention address that seemingly lifted parts from Michelle Obama’s speech.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) November 8, 2016
Actor David Schneider added a thought bubble that read “He’s looking. Dammit! I want to vote for Hillary.”
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) November 8, 2016
Alex Howard, a senior analyst at the Sunlight Foundation — a non-partisan organization that holds the government accountable, included a link to the New York election laws. The underline segment reads:
The operating of the ballot scanner by the voter while voting or the use of a privacy booth or ballot marking device for marking a ballot shall be secret and obscured from all other persons except as provided by this chapter in cases of voting by assisted voters or in cases of children under the age of sixteen accompanying their voting parents or guardians.
In this case, it appears Trump violated his wife’s privacy.
Donald’s son Eric Trump did the same thing to his wife Lara Yunaska as they voted at the 53rd Street Library in New York City this morning.
Like father, like son pic.twitter.com/dqnoEZF4xf
— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) November 8, 2016
“Like father, like son,” CNN reporter Nathan McDermott tweeted.
For the record, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton voted next to her husband Bill Clinton in adjoining booths in Chappaqua, N.Y. In the footage from the event, both the candidate and the former President appeared to be heads down as they voted.
Hillary Clinton casts her vote in US election pic.twitter.com/bFEbcukDGQ
— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 8, 2016
Earlier in the day, Eric Trump tweeted and quickly deleted a shot of his ballot. Doing so is illegal in the state of New York.