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Bill de Blasio: 100K Voters Dropped Ahead of NY Primary 'Must Be Fixed'

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People vote in the New York primary elections at a polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., April 19, 2016. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 Apr 2016 09:39 AM

New Your City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for action after more than 100,000 voters were reportedly dropped from the rolls in Brooklyn.

“The perception that numerous voters may have been disenfranchised undermines the integrity of the entire electoral process and must be fixed,” de Blasio said Tuesday, according to The New York Times.

New York City comptroller Scott M. Stringer vowed to audit the city’s Board of Elections after his office confirmed that more than 125,000 Democratic voters in Brooklyn had been dropped since November 2015.

“There is nothing more sacred in our nation than the right to vote, yet election after election, reports come in of people who were inexplicably purged from the polls, told to vote at the wrong location or unable to get in to their polling site,” Stringer said..

The drop in registered Democrats was first reported by WNYC, which found that no other New York City borough saw such a significant decline in active registered Democrats, and that all but seven of 62 counties in the state saw increased numbers of registered Democrats.

Of the 125,000 purged Democratic voters, 12,000 moved out of the borough, 44,000 were moved from active to inactive voter status, and 70,000 were removed from the inactive voter list.

"These errors have conspired to bar first time and longtime voters from exercising their fundamental democratic right," Stringer wrote in a letter to the board's director.

Michael J. Ryan, executive director of the elections board, said thousands of people are added and dropped each year from the rolls in Brooklyn, which has 800,000 registered Democrats.

“We’re not seeing anything that is so wildly out of the ordinary as to cause me to be tremendously concerned that there are widespread problems, because there certainly are not,” Ryan said. “We understand that the eyes and ears of the world are truly on New York City today, and it’s understandable.”

Bernie Sanders, who lost the primary with 42.1 percent of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton’s 57.9 percent, called the drop in registered Democrats “absurd,” CNN reported.

"It is absurd that in Brooklyn, New York — where I was born, actually — tens of thousands of people as I understand it, have been purged from the voting rolls," he said.

Officials for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said they received the largest volume of complaints they've ever seen, with 562 phone calls and 140 emails between 6 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, CBS New York reported. The office received 150 complaints during the 2012 election.

The most common complaints were that voters weren’t registered or registered with a party. Voters also complained about lack of privacy, accessibility issues and only blue pens provided for ballots requiring black ink.

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