Of controversy in this latest major primary are 125,000 voters which Bernie Sanders has claimed were purged from the voting lists by the New York City Board of Elections.
“It is absurd that in Brooklyn, New York — where I was born, actually — tens of thousands of people as I understand it, have been purged from the voting rolls,” Sanders said during an evening campaign rally at Penn State University on Tuesday.
Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan defended himself from criticism saying that the 125,000 voters had either moved out of the borough or had been listed as inactive after not responding to mailers sent to their homes.
“We’re not finding that there were issues throughout the city that are any different than what we experience in other elections,” Ryan said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio however has criticized the New York City Board of Elections for purging whole buildings and city blocks from the voting rolls and called on them to fix what he is calling an error.
“It has been reported to us from voters and voting rights monitors that the voting lists in Brooklyn contain numerous errors, including the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists,” de Blasio said in a statement Tuesday calling on the board to “reverse that purge.”
“The perception that numerous voters may have been disenfranchised undermines the integrity of the entire electoral process and must be fixed,” he said.
Scott Stringer, the New York City comptroller has announced that he will be conducting an audit of the New York Primary.
“I’m not auditing the election results,” Stringer said. “We are auditing the management of the agency that conducts the elections.”
Of controversy is the fact that Stringer is listed here as a delegate for Hillary Clinton from New York’s 10th Congressional District which covers a part of Brooklyn.
Stringer has said that if any conflict of interest arises that he will recuse himself.
[US Uncut] [CNN]