York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced an
official investigation into the New York State Board of Elections
after widespread allegations of election fraud and voter
am deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting
irregularities, both in public reports and direct complaints to my
office’s voter hotline,” said Schneiderman. He reported his
office received a 368 percent increase in complaints compared to the
2012 general election. Brooklyn was the source of the most
complaints out of the five boroughs.
which is based in New York City, asked
voters to share their experiences with
obstacles preventing them from casting their ballots. Chavisa, a
voter in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, had been a
registered Democrat for over a decade, yet still ended up filling
out an affidavit ballot and received conflicting answers from
poll workers on whether or not it would even be counted.
the last month, I have double and triple checked that I was
registered and that I knew my polling place. Everything has seemed
to be in good order. I was even registered in the online system. I
triple checked it as recently as two weeks ago,” Chavisa told
“When I came to my polling place today, they said that they didn’t
have my name in their book. They couldn’t explain why.”
who also lives in Brooklyn, had been a registered Democrat for over
three years, but still had to vote by affidavit ballot, and only
after securing a court order.
though I have been a registered Democratic voter in NYC for years,
and voted in the last mayoral primary and general election in 2013,
my name was not on the rolls in my election district this morning,”
Will told Gawker in an email. “My girlfriend who shares my
apartment has the same voting history as I do, and her name was on
Bill de Blasio has also asked for an explanation for the 5-month
purge of over 120,000
New York voters from
the rolls in Kings County, which houses Brooklyn. City comptroller
a full audit of
the New York City Board of Elections in the wake of the voter purge.
As of this writing, a petition demanding
a full audit of the purge, and online publication of the full,
edited results of the audit has almost 75,000 signatures.