NYC Board Of Elections To Be Audited After Reports Of Voting ‘Irregularities’

Brigit Mulligan, right, casts her vote as her daughter, Giovanna Candido watches during a primary election at the Sanford St. School in Glens Falls,N.Y.,Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (Steve Jacobs/The Post-Star via AP) M... Brigit Mulligan, right, casts her vote as her daughter, Giovanna Candido watches during a primary election at the Sanford St. School in Glens Falls,N.Y.,Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (Steve Jacobs/The Post-Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT MORE LESS
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New York City’s Board of Elections will undergo an audit after a city authority said there were “irregularities” at polling locations throughout the city as members of both parties tried to vote Tuesday in the state’s primary, Reuters reported.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer pointed to a “deep concern over widespread reports of poll site problems and irregularities” as he called for the audit, according to the report. Stringer said his office had heard reports of polling locations failing to open on time and a report of a broken machine in Queens. He also said there was conflicting voter information distributed.

“There is nothing more sacred in our nation than the right to vote, yet election after election, reports come in of people who were inexplicably purged from the polls, told to vote at the wrong location or unable to get into their polling site,” Stringer said, as quoted by Reuters.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that his office heard reports that voting lists from Brooklyn contained “numerous errors” and asked the city’s Board of Elections to give updated information.

“We support the Comptroller’s audit and urge its completion well in advance of the June elections so corrective action can be taken. These errors today indicate that additional major reforms will be needed to the Board of Election and in the state law governing it,” de Blasio said in the statement. “We will hold the BOE commissioners responsible for ensuring that the Board and its borough officers properly conduct the election process to assure that voters are not disenfranchised. The perception that numerous voters may have been disenfranchised undermines the integrity of the entire electoral process and must be fixed.”

Polls close at 9 p.m. ET in the Empire State.

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  1. We really need a national voting standard, and a strong enforcement process, to stop things like this from happening nationwide. There should be a national voter database, and the database would include information that would let you vote in any precinct or online; early voting would be included in the system. Everyone would get a voter ID card (which would shut up the idiots complaining about in person fraud), and major security would be in place to detect tampering. Your vote itself would not be recorded, just the fact that you had voted (which is already the way it works). States could build upon the standard to set up specific rules, but the basics would guarantee that everyone got to vote securely and without interference.

    This is a system that could be implemented now, but it’s blocked because one party benefits from people not voting. What they seem to forget in their eagerness to win elections is that they are acting against the principles the nation is founded on.

  2. We had a system in place that worked better before the Roberts’ court tipped the scales.

    People keep complaining about issues that could be somewhat or actually rectified with a SCOTUS that adhered to the laws as written.

    It’s the SCOTUS, stupid. (not you)

  3. On a couple of other side notes for this evening, I found this article rather interesting:

    Sounds like he is feeling more burned than feeling the Bern these days.

    And this exit polling question of NY:

    NY Dems: If XXX is nominee..

    Clinton
    Definitely vote for: 65%
    Probably vote for: 20
    Won't vote for: 13

    Sanders
    Def: 59%
    Prob: 21
    Won't: 18

    — Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) April 19, 2016
  4. And we are off to the races.

    Hillary was taking shots at passing Sanders voters from the grassy knoll, just like Vince Foster.

  5. What they seem to forget in their eagerness to win elections is that they are acting against the principles the nation is founded on.

    The Rethugs honestly don’t give a sh*t.

    Rank and file Dems don’t seem to be particularly alarmed (aside from the political junkies such as ourselves) hence nothing gets done.

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