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Chronically bad form-filler-outer Jared Kushner filed his voter registration as a woman

When it comes to filling out paperwork, you might say Jared Kushner has some difficulties. The president's son-in-law was forced to fill out his government disclosure form multiple times after initially claiming that he had no foreign contacts, incorrectly stating the dates of his graduate degrees, and getting President Trump's address wrong. Kushner blamed his office for submitting the form before it was complete, but his second attempt at the paperwork excluded his meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Kushner finally — apparently — got it right on the third try by the end of June.

Now Wired has learned that Kushner botched another form: his New York voter registration. "According to the records held by the New York State Board of Elections, Jared Corey Kushner is a woman," Wired writes. Kushner seemingly checked the wrong box.

Brad Bainum, a spokesperson for American Bridge, the liberal research group that discovered the mistake, stressed that the implications of Kushner's goofs are more than just that he gets flustered by papers. "Kushner can't even fill out the most basic paperwork without screwing it up, so it's a mystery why anyone thinks he's somehow going to bring peace to the Middle East," Bainum told Wired.

Kushner, though, likely can't be charged with voter fraud for being counted as a woman in New York. "There has to be an intent to give the false information" in order to be charged, Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt explained. "If he (for some reason) knowingly registered as a woman — for what purpose, I could not guess — that might be described as voter fraud, though it would have negligible effect on the determination of his eligibility, and so wouldn't amount to much anyway." Read more about Kushner's strange mistake at Wired.