Reports of Widespread Voter Suppression in New York State Democratic Primary
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On the day New York State Democrats select their party’s standard-bearers for the upcoming midterm elections, voters are reporting numerous forms of procedural roadblocks, incorrect voting information and disenfranchisement that many suggest rise to the level of voter suppression.
In a series of tweets beginning mid-morning on Thursday, New York Magazine author Rebecca Traister detailed her own purge from Democratic Party voter rolls–despite the fact that she’s voted from the same address for the past four years. Traister noted that she wasn’t the only one experiencing such issues:
Also worth noting: this was 8:30, and the poll watcher who helped me said I was the second person she’d spoken to who had this problem—another woman who said she was an active, regular voter and not in the books.
— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) September 13, 2018
Traister’s thread continued–and taking stock of the same thing happening to a friend of hers. She wrote, “Also! My next door neighbor, registered for years as a Dem, an RHA activist, extremely politically engaged, especially in local and state elections this season, is also not on the rolls at our polling place. She’s on her way to get a court order as we speak.”
Soon, other New York State voters began chiming in with similar stories.
Imo, a big part of the takeaway here derives from this happening in New York, and on the heels of the massive purging of the voter rolls in Brooklyn we witnessed in connection with the primary voting featuring Bernie Sanders running against Hillary Clinton.
The most Democratic of states, with a Democratic Governor, and its biggest city having a Democratic mayor, and they seem utterly unmotivated to stop this from happening.
There is now no claim to be had for moral outrage by Democrats when it happens in purple states, and it hurts progressives (as if many of them would actually be all that upset). People like Tim Canova getting shafted by the system when he runs against Debbie Wasserman Schultz has become normalized. This is the big deal here. In the most Democratic of states, Democrats idly stand by while people see that their votes just don’t matter, as long as the entrenched establishment is thriving.
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