Whopper of the Week: Ben Affleck

“Today is the get-out-the-vote day and … I think this is the time to get involved, especially the young folks who are here. I’m about to go vote.”

–Actor Ben Affleck in a Nov. 7 appearance on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, as quoted by The Smoking Gun. The show is aired from New York City, where Affleck resides when he isn’t at his home in Los Angeles.


Document from the New York City Board of Elections concerning Ben Affleck’s voter registration–or, in this case, lack thereof. The Smoking Gun also checked every voter registration for Affleck’s apartment building and came up empty. Affleck spokesman David Pollick told The Smoking Gun that Affleck didn’t vote because of an unspecified “bureaucratic snafu at the polls.”


“Elections Non-Voted: 2000 Primary and General
1998 Primary and General
                                       1996 Primary and General
1994 Primary and General”

Documentabout Benjamin G. Affleck from the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Los Angeles, where Affleck is registered to vote.

“[W]e have no record of Benjamin Affleck being a registered voter … from the years 1990 to present.”

Letter  to The Smoking Gun  from the Board of Election commissioners in Cambridge, Mass., where Affleck lived until the age of 18.

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Whopper Archive:

April 20, 2001: South Carolina state legislator Chip Limehouse

April 13, 2001: Gray Davis

April 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone

March 30, 2001: Spencer Abraham

March 23, 2001: George W. Bush, Rep. Jennifer Dunn, and/or the Treasury Department

March 16, 2001: George W. Bush

March 9, 2001: Russ Freyman, spokesman, National Association of Manufacturers

March 2, 2001: Paul O’Neill

Feb. 23, 2001: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Feb. 16, 2001: Oscar spokesman John Pavlik

Feb. 9, 2001: Lynne Cheney

Feb. 2, 2001: Bobby Thomson

Jan 26, 2001: Denise Rich