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Report: Despite Campaign Video, Lena Dunham Didn’t Vote

A local politics blog says Dunham is registered to vote in Brooklyn but didn’t in 2012. (Updated)

Lena Dunham didn’t vote in the 2012 elections despite making a widely-discussed video for the Obama campaign, according to New York politics blog Room 8.

“I can now report that according to New York City’s voter file, a Lena Dunham registered in Brooklyn did not vote in the 2012 general election or in any local elections since she moved from her prior address in Tribeca,” writes blogger Gatemouth.

Dunham did vote in 2008, but not in 2004.

A representative for Dunham didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update 2/7: Dunham addressed the claims on Thursday, saying on Twitter that voted by affidavit at a different polling place in New York:


Hey kids, some people on the internet are saying I didn’t vote. Some of them are still mad I used a sexy metaphor re: voting. Read on:— Lena Dunham


I did vote. I tried to get an absentee ballot but, because our nation’s voting system is a steampunk cornmaze, it didn’t arrive.— Lena Dunham


So not to be a martyr about it but I flew to New York to vote. I wasn’t sure if my change of address had officially been registered so…— Lena Dunham

...I went to my old polling place with my dad, where they let me vote by affidavit (what was totally allowed.)

— lenadunham (@Lena Dunham)

…I went to my old polling place with my dad, where they let me vote by affidavit (what was totally allowed.)— Lena Dunham

Obviously I voted for Romney. I hope everyone has a nice day.

— lenadunham (@Lena Dunham)

Obviously I voted for Romney. I hope everyone has a nice day.— Lena Dunham

New Yorkers were allowed to vote by affidavit at any polling place in the city due to an executive order Governor Andrew Cuomo signed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The New York Observer reports that a Board of Elections official said they are “still working on the voter history for last year’s elections.”

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