NY suit launched after 125,000 Democratic voters denied polls right
April 22, NY: A US voter advocacy organisation has launched a lawsuit over "systematic" electoral irregularities in New York's presidential primary that led to more than 125,000 Democratic voters being dropped from poll rolls for unconfirmed reasons and denied their right to vote, media reports said.
Shyla Nelson, the spokesperson for Election Justice USA, told Al Jazeera that the group's lawsuit, filed against New York's Board of Elections at the Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Monday, is calling for provisional ballots from reportedly disenfranchised voters to be counted before the primary's results are certified.
Nelson said, "We are preparing for a hearing that will happen next week, during which those provisional ballots will be reviewed, as well as all of the evidence that we collected from plaintiffs whose registration was in one way or another disrupted - despite having proof of being registered as Democrats."
"And we have reports that at certain polling stations on Tuesday, people who requested provisional or affidavit ballots were told there was no such thing, which is false, “ he informed.
New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Wednesday that his office was launching an investigation into alleged vote irregularities after the state's board of elections received a barrage of reports of disenfranchisements, AL Jazeera reported.
Schneiderman's office said it has received more than 1,000 complaints from voters across the state, a major rise from about 150 reports it saw in the 2012 general election.
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