NYC comptroller to audit Board of Elections amid voter irregularities
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New York City comptroller Scott Stringer announced an audit Tuesday of the city’s Board of Elections amid reports that scores of voters have had difficulty accessing the polls or have been wrongly removed from the voter rolls.

“The people of New York City have lost confidence that the Board of Elections can effectively administer elections and we intend to find out why the BOE is so consistently disorganized, chaotic and inefficient,” Stringer said in a statement. “With four elections in New York City in 2016 alone, we don’t have a moment to spare.”


Voters in New York are casting ballots in the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries on Tuesday, in critical contests for both parties.

Media reports from across the state indicate that some polling stations failed to open on time, leaving voters waiting in line for hours. Other polling places reportedly had faulty or broken polling machines.

In addition, the Comptroller’s office said about 125,000 voters in Brooklyn alone had turned up to cast ballots only to be informed they were never on the voter rolls, had been removed from the voter rolls or were registered under a different party.

In a letter to Board of Elections director Michael Ryan, Stringer asked for information on polling site operations, voter communication processes, poll worker training and “voter disenfranchisement” related to the voter rolls.

“As a result of  today’s reported irregularities, my office will be auditing the management and operations of the Board of Elections in order to identify the failings and make recommendations to improve performance going forward,” Stringer wrote.

GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE is favored to win the Republican presidential primary in New York in a landslide Tuesday. 

Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE is also expected to win, although her rival, Bernie SandersBernie SandersHuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Schumer: Administration 'must move heaven and earth' to implement new unemployment benefits Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search MORE, has sought to make an issue out of some of his supporters being unable to vote.

Sanders has relied heavily on young and independent voters, many of whom may have missed last October’s deadline to register as a Democrat or to vote for the first time.