NY AG Office to Probe Voter Complaints After Several Serious Complaints Arise
You've seen the headlines. You know that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept the New York primaries. But you might not have heard as much about the discontent that's brewing from voters who believe that things went wrong in the voting process that seriously infringed upon their rights to cast votes in the primary.
True to politics, it depends on who you ask.
If you asked the head of New York City's Board of Elections how the voting went, you would hear nothing but good things.
"I’d really like to say how proud I am of my staff. We had 75 percent of the vote tallied by 10 p.m. Unprecedented in New York for a presidential primary."
That was how Michael Ryan, executive director of the elections board called the job his team did.
But if you ask almost anyone else how the election went, from the voters themselves to the city's attorney general, you'd hear a very different story.
"I am deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting irregularities, both in public reports and direct complaints to my office’s voter hot line, which received more than 1,000 complaints."
Those were the words of New York City's attorney general Eric Schneiderman.
He said that voters found polling places not open at the posted times, without certain names listed on the ballots, and even places where voters' names had been purged from the roles by the hundreds.
That number, the number of voters who suddenly and mysteriously weren't registered to be able to vote in the primary, was, according to another official "significant."
Thankfully it seems that the issues were nonpartisan and affected voters on both sides of the political spectrum. Nonetheless, it's disappointing that New York City, an icon of freedom and American prosperity, can't even get something as simple as a presidential primary election right.
h/t: NY Post