ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the results of a statewide inquiry into widespread voter complaints.
Schneiderman also cited long lines at the polls and broken scanning machines as several of the complaints his office received. He said they were “unacceptable” and fixing them should not be an option.
“The issue of voter suppression, legal voter suppression I might add, to become before and after this election in a way it’s never received more attention nationally in New York in the media than it ever has,” he said.
He also wants to add early voting.
“People in neighborhoods all across the country experienced the longest lines in anyone’s memory to vote; breakdown of machines; problems with registration,” he said.
The proposed changes have been rejected by the legislature. Barbara Bartoletti with the New York League of Women Voters said fatigue has played a part, especially with the three primaries held in 2016.
“People get both fatigued at a time when people have actually gone – kids have gone back to school – but people are going, ‘Really? Didn’t I just do that?’” she said.
But Matthew Clyne at the Albany County Board of Elections said he doesn’t support early voting and that the voters themselves were held responsible for a lot of the complaints.
“If you show up at the wrong polling site, even if you’re eligible to vote, you cannot vote there,” he said. “Your name isn’t going to be in the poll book. If you miss a registration deadline, your name isn’t going to be in the poll book.”
Currently, 37 states have early voting. Schneiderman said he will continue to push Governor Andrew Cuomo, assembly democrats, and senate republicans to make the electoral reforms.