New York Board of Elections Suspends Brooklyn Official

As part of investigation into voter 'purge'
By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
April 22, 2016 Updated: April 22, 2016

Chief Clerk in Brooklyn Diane Haslett-Rudiano was suspended by the Board of Elections following New York’s primary on April 19.

The Board of Elections issued a statement via their Facebook page: 

April 21, 2016

The Commissioners’ Executive Committee of the Board of Elections in the City of New York voted to suspend Borough Office Chief Clerk, Diane Haslett-Rudiano without pay, effective immediately pending an internal investigation into the administration of the voter rolls in the Borough of Brooklyn.

The Board will fully cooperate with the investigations currently being conducted by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and The Office of the New York City Comptroller.

The suspension was announced two days after the primary, and one day after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened an investigation in response to thousands of complaints by voters.

“The administration of the voter rolls in Brooklyn is of major concern to our office and is a focus of our investigation,” said Schnneiderman in a statement. 

CBS2 reported that the names of 126,000 Brooklyn voters were removed from the rolls ahead of the election. Early reports had the number at 63,000, but that number nearly doubled leading up to the primary.

New York comptroller Scott Stringer put out a statement

“Why is it alleged that 125,000 people have been removed from the voter rolls? Why did 60,000 people receive notices to vote that didn’t have the primary date? Why were people told they were in the wrong polling place time and time again?” Stringer said.

“The next president of the United States could very easily be decided tonight and yet the incompetence of the Board of Elections puts a cloud over these results.”

Mayor Bill De Blasio also released a statement: 

“It has been reported to us from voters and voting rights monitors that the voting lists in Brooklyn contain numerous errors, including the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from voting lists.

I am calling on the Board of Election to reverse that purge and update the lists again using Central, not Brooklyn borough, Board of Election staff,” de Blasio said.

The most common complaint was that voters were told they weren’t registered, followed by being told they were not registered with a political party, and the denial of affidavit ballots when requested, reports CBS2