NEW YORK – While no major primary day problems have been reported here in Chautauqua County, the same can’t be said across the state in New York City.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Tuesday ordered an audit of the city’s election authorities, citing “deep concern over widespread reports of poll site problems and irregularities” as voters cast their ballots in the state’s primary election. Stringer said that reports have indicated that people were inexplicably purged from the polls, told to vote at the wrong location or unable to get into their polling site. Stringer’s office had also received reports of polling stations that failed to open on time and were unable to tell voters when they would be operational.
In a letter to the New York City Board of Elections, the comptroller cited reports that polling staff were unable to operate voting machines, were giving out conflicting information and erroneously directing voters to alternate sites.
Of particular concern, Stringer said, were allegations of widespread removal of eligible voters from registration rolls and incorrect party affiliations on voter records. Stringer said eligible Democratic voters in Brooklyn fell by 120,000 from November 2015 to April 2016 without explanation.
Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday said his office has also opened an investigation into the impropriety that may have taken place in New York City on Primary Day.