A new investigation has revealed that the New York City Board of Elections purged 126,000 voters between November 2015 and April 2016. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is demanding an explanation as New York’s primary starts today.
“This number surprises me,” de Blasio told WNYC. “I admit that Brooklyn has had a lot of transient population – that’s obvious. A lot of people moving in, a lot of people moving out. That might account for some of it. But I’m confused since so many people have moved in, that the number would move that much in the negative direction.”
The New York City Board of Elections believes this occurred by 12,000 voters moving out of Kings County, 44,000 voters moved from “active” to “inactive” voter lists and 70,000 voters being taken off the “inactive” list.
A petition has been launched on MoveOn.org demanding “a full audit of New York counties that have purged voters from their rolls in the past year.” They currently have over 3,000 signatures.