April 24, 2016

It looks like some chickens are coming home to roost in the mysterious case of the purged voter registrations in New York.

Republican clerk Diane Haslett-Rudiano has been suspended without pay "pending an internal investigation into the administration of the voter rolls in the Borough of Brooklyn," according to Telesur TV.

The board may fire her as soon as Tuesday, and the New York Daily News reported that colleagues said she is being “forced out.”

“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?” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer told CBS 2. “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.”

The New York Attorney General said he received over 1,000 voter complaints, compared to 150 complaints in 2012. Haslett-Rudiano is thought to have skipped a step in a regular protocol of updating the voter list with deaths and changes of address.

The error resulted in nearly 8 percent of Brooklyn’s registered voters being denied their ballot.

I'm glad they're taking fast action on this before the November elections roll around. If there's one thing this primary season is proving, it's the fact that Republicans will stop at nothing to suppress voter turnout wherever, and whenever, they can.

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