Diane Haslett-Rudiano, the chief elections clerk in Brooklyn, New York, has been removed without pay by the Board of Elections. This removal comes just days after thousands of voters complained about problems during Tuesday’s New York primary.
It has now been determined that at least 126,000 registered voters were removed from the rolls prior to the New York primary, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared that to be unacceptable as he announced that his office would be looking into the matter:
‘The administration of the voter rolls in Brooklyn is of major concern to our office and is a focus of our investigation.’
New York City Comptroller General Scott Stringer was also highly critical of the way the primary was conducted:
‘Why is it alleged that 125,000 people have been removed from the voter rolls? Why did 60,000 people receive notices to vote that didn’t have the primary date? Why were people told they were in the wrong polling placetime and time again? The next president of the United States could very easily be decided tonight and yet the incompetence of the Board of Elections puts a cloud over these results.’
The New York Attorney General’s office said they received over 1,000 complaints from voters on Tuesday. The attorney general added that this is the largest volume of complaints they have received for a general election since he took office in 2011. The office said they only received 150 complaints in the 2012 general election. And a statement issued by Schneiderman noted:
‘I am deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting irregularities, both in public reports and direct complaints to my office’s voter hotline, which received more than one thousand complaints in the course of the day. That’s why today, we have opened an investigation into alleged improprieties in yesterday’s voting by the New York City Board of Elections.’
The most common complaint on primary day was voters being told they weren’t registered, followed by them then being told they were not registered with any political party, and then the denial of affidavit ballots when requested.
A protest was held Wednesday at the Brooklyn Board of Elections. Here’s more on that: