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Kushner registered as male voter, board says, correcting error
The New York Board of Elections on Thursday corrected information suggesting President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had listed his gender as "female" on a voter registration form.
Kushner, now a White House adviser, did check the box for "male" on his original registration form, the board said, but the information was entered incorrectly in a database.
"It does happen from time to time," Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan told The New York Daily News. "I wouldn't call it a common occurrence."
Reports about Kushner registering as a female vote went viral after the Democratic opposition research firm American Bridge found data in a voter database that said he had checked the box for "female."
The voter registration data was found through Nexis. The Hill and other news outlets confirmed the information, which was first reported by Wired.
New York voter registration forms require registrants to check a box to denote their gender, M or F, and the Daily News found that Kushner clearly checked the box signifying he is a male voter.
The correction, marked CORRECTED GENDER, appeared Wednesday in the AVID database, which is accessible only from a board of election's office.
When registered to vote in New Jersey, prior to 2009, Kushner's gender was labeled as "unknown," which Ryan said could have contributed to the mix-up.
American Bridge pounced on the apparent mistake, pointing to Kushner having to update his federal security clearance forms multiple times to amend with unreported contacts with foreign officials.
Kushner told congressional investigators that those mistakes have been due to a "miscommunication" with his assistant.
- This story was updated on Sept. 28 with the new information from the New York Board of Elections.