State Attorney Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday that his office fielded more than 1,000 complaints from voters statewide during Tuesday’s presidential primaries. “By most accounts, voters cast their ballots smoothly and successfully,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “However, I am deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting irregularities, both in public reports and direct complaints to my office’s voter hotline, which received more than one thousand complaints in the course of the day yesterday.” Schneiderman said his office has opened an investigation into “alleged improprieties” in Tuesday’s voting by the New York City Board of Elections, which has been rebuked by officials after some 125,000 Democratic voters were purged from the rolls in Brooklyn.
“If necessary, we will initiate inquiries in additional areas of the state where voting irregularities appeared unusually high,” Schneiderman said. “Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, and if any New Yorker was illegally prevented from voting, I will do everything in my power to make their vote count and ensure that it never happens again.”
The AG’s office said late Tuesday afternoon that as of 3:50 p.m. — just more than five hours before the polls closed — it had received 562 complaints by phone and 140 complaints by email since 6 a.m. For comparison’s sake, the AG’s office received 150 total complaints during the 2012 general election.