The New York City Board of Elections (BOE) disqualified 84,208 vote-by-mail ballots — nearly 21 percent of the total cast — in the June 23 Democratic presidential primary, according to new figures released by the Board on Wednesday.
The city BOE received 403,103 mail-in ballots, but the certified results made public Wednesday revealed that only 318,995 were counted. That means slightly more than one-fifth of votes cast in the presidential primary were not counted.
The reasons for disqualification included missing a postmark, failing to include a voter’s signature, and other defects. Roughly 30,000 mail-in ballots were invalidated just in Brooklyn.
The election took place after Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order making it easier to vote by mail or absentee.
Arthur Schwartz, who represented several candidates in a federal lawsuit claiming voters were disenfranchised over the BOE and Postal Service’s handling of ballots, called the high invalidation rate “astonishing.”
“It’s very troubling,” Schwartz added.
Manhattan Judge Analisa Torres ordered the counting of ballots received by June 25, although BOE said it is appealing the ruling.
Schwartz maintains that it wasn’t voters’ fault that they failed to sign their ballots in many instances.
“The envelope with directions for the signature was so poorly designed,” Schwartz said. Doug Kellner, co-chair of the state Board of Elections, agreed with him.
“The invalidation rate is higher than I would have predicted,” Kellor told the New York Post.
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Meanwhile the embattled BOE found itself mired in controversy again after emails obtained by The Post show the agency blew off Kellner, who proposed reforms to prevent another absentee balloting nightmare in November.
His six-page proposal urged city BOE officials to ensure proper staffing at polling places during the November election to ensure lines are no longer than 30 minutes; to tally absentee ballots more quickly than the six weeks it took to certify results from the primary; and to plan for processing “double or triple” the number of absentee applications.
“Add new capacity to process the applications in a timely manner now. Do not wait for a backlog from which you can never recover,” Kellner said.
City lawyers acknowledged in federal court last week that they were still mailing absentee ballots on the day before the June primary, making it unlikely they would reach voters in time.
Kellner’s memo went so far as to suggest the city should apologize for the situation.
“To those voters who did not have an opportunity to cast their ballots in the primary election, we should apologize for not doing more,” he wrote. “Elected officials and others warned that we were not deploying sufficient resources to mail out absentee ballots in a timely manner, and in hindsight, we could have done more to address the problem.”
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats and the mainstream media continue to push for widespread mail-in voting in the 2020 election. Republicans and the White House, meanwhile, are concerned that mail voting on such a wide scale could lead to equally large voting failures and voter fraud.
An earlier report by NBC-4 said that the mail voting system, which typically handles only five percent of the vote, was overwhelmed by the unprecedented numbers.
President Trump reiterated his long-articulated concerns about mail voting at a Wednesday press briefing, arguing that states which do not have pre-existing mail-voting systems may face irregularities that may delay the result of the presidential race from being known.
As an example of how it could play out, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) earlier on Wednesday declared victory over her primary challenger — more than six weeks after the election.
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who has made combating “voter suppression” her personal mission, flat-out said what her party has in mind with the emphasis on mail voting.
“The notion that we will know by 11:00 or midnight is not real,” Abrams contended. “This is going to be a contentious election. We know that there will be delays in counting and there will be delays in reporting, and there will be litigation to challenge any results people don’t like. But the patience of this election is what I’m most concerned about — that people understand that ‘slow’ does not mean ‘rigged.’”
A “slow” counting process with lots of “delays in reporting?” It sounds like the perfect opportunity for those set on voter fraud to find some badly needed last-minute votes.
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