Voters have described scenes of complete chaos during Tuesday’s New York primaries, as people say they are being turned away from polling stations, and have reported seeing broken machines not allowing them to cast their vote.
In Brooklyn residents at PS 73 in Bushwick reported that despite waiting in line since 6 a.m. in the morning, workers told them that they couldn’t access the keys to the facility and so wouldn’t be able to vote.
“You can’t vote nor cast any type of ballot. They (the keys to the building) are in a locked box and no one has the key,” voter Torsha Childs wrote on Facebook.
“You can’t even get inside the building, you are being turned away at the door way. WOW !!!”
Some people have speculated that the farcical scenes in New York are a deliberate ploy to prevent the high turn-out from voting for Senator Bernie Sanders – claiming that the Hillary Clinton campaign are up to their usual election fraud tricks again.
A petition has already been set-up calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Senate to investigate claims of election fraud in the NYC primaries.
The petition states:
New York voters experienced changes to their voter registrations that will bar them from voting in the state’s primary on Tuesday.
New York is one of 11 states that has a closed primary system and, due to an obscure election law, voters must have been registered by November of the previous year for the party whose primary they plan to vote in — this is the earliest change-of-party deadline in the country.
Numerous voters claim they looked up their voter registrations after the deadline passed to find that their party affiliation had changed from Democratic or Republican to “Not affiliated” or “Independent,” a switch that will bar them from voting in either primary.
A Board of Elections employee was supposedly on the way, she added.
Voters made the same complaint about shuttered polls at another Brooklyn site, 501 Carlton Ave. not far from the Barclays Center.
One woman claimed she waited more than three hours to vote at a Brownsville polling station at PS 332.
“I have been here since 550 am.. Still cannot vote. Machines are not up and there are no paper ballots,” @LammyGwanBadSuh tweeted.
Another woman fumed on social media after a faulty scanner eliminated her vote.
“Am mad as hell for my vote not being counted b/c scanner would not accept ballot Brooklyn District 30 #NYPrimary #fixit #educatevolunteers,” @heidiko44 tweeted.
When Jonathan Petersen went to vote at Sunset Park’s Marien-Heim senior center polling station on 4th Avenue, he was shocked to see his deceased mother’s name above his.
“All of a sudden, she’s on the voter rolls at my address, where she has never lived,” the shocked 63-year-old said. “I pointed it out to the woman and she wrote deceased next to her name. They didn’t even ask me to prove that she was dead.”
Petersen said his mom, Helen, passed away in 2010 and hadn’t voted in more than a decade.
He did change her address to his following her death to get any mail she might receive, but said he didn’t think that would automatically register her to vote there.
“Is it possible that someone has been voting using her name for a few years?” he wondered.