New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday that his office is looking into reported irregularities in primary voting in New York City during Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican Primaries.
“Yesterday, New Yorkers turned out in impressively high numbers to vote for the nominees in their respective parties,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “By most accounts, voters cast their ballots smoothly and successfully. However, I am deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting irregularities.”
Pix 11 News, a local news station in the city, reports that the attorney general’s office received 562 calls and around 140 e-mails during voting yesterday, a 368% bump over the 2012 general election.
There were plenty of allegations of voters being purged from the rolls, including cases where city blocks or buildings seemed to have all of their voters removed from the list of eligible primary voters.
Schneiderman isn’t the only elected official to be investigating the election. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer also announced that he was looking into the allegations.
Supporters of Bernie Sanders have been especially vocal about their displeasure with the primary process in the Empire State. Even before voting began, Sanders was complaining that the rule for registering to vote in a party’s primary were too stringent.