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Bebeto Matthews  /  AP
A spokesman for Caroline Kennedy says the Senate hopeful "recognizes just how important it is to vote and has a very strong record of going to the polls."
updated 12/19/2008 11:38:16 AM ET 2008-12-19T16:38:16

Caroline Kennedy, who wants to fill Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's seat, has not voted in a number of elections, including the 2005 mayoral primary and at least one race for the very job she is seeking.

The Democrat registered at her current address on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1988. According to city Board of Elections records, she missed several Democratic mayoral primaries — which are typically important contests in left-leaning New York City — in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2005. Republicans went on to win three out of four of those races in the general election.

She also skipped the 1994 general election, when Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was running for re-election. It is the same seat she hopes to take over if Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State in the new administration.

Her spokesman, Stefan Friedman, said Kennedy "recognizes just how important it is to vote and has a very strong record of going to the polls. She has not voted on a handful of occasions over the last two decades."

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