The national media descended Friday upon an abandoned, trash-filled home in Coconut Grove.
The reporters weren’t there because the house on the peacock-lined street was the scene of a notorious crime. Or because there was an inkling that LeBron James had returned to the neighborhood he once called home.
The house was the address where Donald Trump’s new campaign chief, Stephen Bannon, was registered to vote from 2014 until this week.
He doesn’t live there, at least not now. The discovery of his voter registration, made Friday by the Guardian US news website, prompted a frenzy of questions about whether Bannon had run afoul of voter rules.
But county elections records show Bannon never voted in Miami. And he switched his voter registration Thursday to a Sarasota County property owned by a writer of Breitbart News, the conservative network Bannon ran until last week.
“He registered yesterday, and today we sent him a voter registration card,” Sarasota County elections supervisor Kathy Dent said Friday.
Sarasota records show Bannon sent his registration change by mail on Aug. 19, and the paperwork was formally processed on Thursday.
It is unclear whether Bannon ever lived in the rental Miami home, where a white curtain flapped in the breeze in the place of a large window Friday morning. The front of the house was littered with trash. A small mural in front read, “I trust in Jesus Christ.” A call to the landlord for comment was not returned.