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New York’s attorney general announced he’s opening an investigation after Democrat Hillary Clinton’s huge win in that state’s primary Tuesday.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched the probe, starting with the New York City Board of Elections, in response to “more than one thousand complaints” of “improprieties” in the voting process.
NPR reported that the names of approximately 120,000 Democratic voters disappeared from the rolls in Brooklyn, a decline not matched in the city’s other four boroughs.
Schneiderman said in a statement Wednesday that he was “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 yesterday. That’s why today, we have opened an investigation into alleged improprieties in yesterday’s voting by the New York City Board of Elections.”
He added that the investigation won’t be necessarily limited to the city’s five boroughs.
“If necessary, we will initiate inquiries in additional areas of the state where voting irregularities appeared unusually high,” he said. “Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, and if any New Yorker was illegally prevented from voting, I will do everything in my power to make their vote count and ensure that it never happens again.”
The Huffington Post reported:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who lost the New York Democratic primary to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, called the irregularities “absurd” and a Sanders campaign spokesman described them as “a disgrace” on Wednesday.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer (D) announced on Tuesday that he would audit the Board of Elections. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) described what had happened as a “purge” and said the errors indicated the board needs “major reforms.”
In response to the huge crowds Sanders consistently drew in New York, plus his recent winning streak, capturing seven of the previous seven states, The New York Post ran an unflattering cover page of its Tuesday edition depicting a sweating Clinton under the headline, “Feelin’ the Bern.”
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