New York cares: Primaries marred by allegations of voter fraud, suppression
The results of New York’s primaries came in largely as expected, except for one thing: accusations of voter suppression. Between broken voting machines, missing ballots, and purged voter registrations, many took to Twitter to voice their complaints.
Many voters used “#VoterSuppression” to voice their frustration with the process and results.
The issues raised by New York voters were very similar to ones faced by voters in Arizona, where both Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders are reportedly going to sue over the state’s “history” of voting rights problems. In the primary there last month, there were hours-long waits and mishandled ballots.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office reported receiving 562 complaints by phone from 6:00 am to 3:50 pm, and 140 complaints by email, a spokesperson told The Democrat and Chronicle.
“This is by far the largest volume of complaints we have received for an election since Attorney General Schneiderman took office in 2011,” spokesman Nick Benson said.
Independent voters were frustrated with New York’s closed primary elections, which prevented them from casting a ballot in either the Democratic or Republican primaries. Election Justice USA filed a lawsuit on Monday calling for New York to switch to an open system allowing anyone to vote in the primaries, regardless of their party affiliation. However, a federal judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order that could have opened the primaries to all voters, thus excluding 3.2 million New York voters, according to ThinkProgress.
Some independent voters who attempted to register as Democrats found themselves struggling to vote as well. Kenny DeForest, a Brooklyn-based comedian and Bernie Sanders supporter, filled out an affidavit vote, saying he “registered so close to the deadline, which leads me to wonder what the deadline is even for.”
“I was assured my vote will be counted so all I can do is hope there’s something to that promise,” he added.
Had to vote affidavit even though I was registered #VoterSuppression— Kenny DeForest (@KennyDeForest) April 20, 2016
Make sure you follow up, NY
"New York's deadline being 6 months ahead of time totally isn't voter suppression!" pic.twitter.com/qRB30Ha7mF— Cutie GF Jenny (@magicnanners) April 20, 2016
A revote in Arizona, New York etc. is the only acceptable redress to mass, systematic #VoterSuppression— Manuel Marrero (@ExpatLitJ) April 20, 2016
I'm upset. The voter suppression that took place in New York was real— kwassa blancas (@jessicab0b_) April 20, 2016
"We're gonna win New York! We're gonna win New York! We can't lose! Revolution!"— Nate Copley (@NateCComedy) April 20, 2016
"Voter suppression! Voter suppression!"
For all my friends who are incensed about voter suppression and fraud in the state of New York. https://t.co/Q0tkt3IRH3— Amber Whitlatch (@amwhitlatch) April 19, 2016
So many liberals minimizing voter suppression in New York out of hatred for the candidate most hurt by it https://t.co/tg2cPDB6o6— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) April 19, 2016
Two things are true.— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) April 19, 2016
New York should make it easier to vote.
Closed party primaries are not "voter suppression."
Lord have mercy. White people in New York City alleging voter suppression. Is this real life?— Keith White (@keethers) April 19, 2016