New York Elections Board to Face Audit Over Primary Problems

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After the numerous voting irregularities, including suspicion of election fraud and voter suppression, it has been announced an official audit and investigation.

First, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an official investigation, stating that he is “deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting irregularities.”

New York City comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, announced on Tuesday that his office will audit the city’s Board of Elections for their part in the irregularities.

The fact that Stringer is a delegate for Hillary Clinton has raised some eyebrows. Stringer stated that if he finds any issues that call for him to recuse himself he will and that he isn’t “auditing the election results. We are auditing the management of the agency that conducts the elections.” Stringer called for the audit before polls closed and the results were in.

One of the biggest issues of the New York primary was the over 125,000 Democratic voters in Brooklyn that were mysteriously purged from voting rolls. Some voters said that they had double and triple checked their voter information only to show up on voting day and be told their name wasn’t on the list.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that voters and voting rights monitors had reported the “purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists.”

The executive director of the elections board denies any wrongdoing, stating that they “take people off the list who don’t belong there” which causes “blowback, criticism that we’ve done it inaccurately.”

Other issues during the primary were polling places remaining closed for hours after their scheduled open time, technical problems with voting machines, and polling its coordinators failing to show up.

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