delegates, Endorsements, Policies, Primaries, Voter Suppression

Hillary Clinton Supports The “Illusion” of Democracy

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Mrs. Clinton won in Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders’ place of birth, with 60% of the vote, better than throughout the state as a whole. Theoretically, this is a place where Bernie should have won big! New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the person in charge of investigating why 125,000 people in Brooklyn were removed from voter rolls between November 2015 and this month, is also a lead member of Hillary Clinton’s “Leadership Council” and has publicly endorsed her. When asked about the situation, he responded politically, saying,

“By most accounts, voters cast their ballots smoothly and successfully. However, I am deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting irregularities.”

His colleague, Michael J. Ryan, the executive director of the elections board, responded much less politically, and perhaps more honestly, when he said

“…while approximately 125,000 were removed from voter rolls in Brooklyn since the fall, some 63,000 people were added. The decline does not “shock my conscience” because there were 800,000 registered Democrats in Brooklyn, and thousands of people were added and removed from the list every year.

“Unless and until a full-throated investigation reveals otherwise, I’ll stand by the statement I made yesterday: that no voters were disenfranchised.”

It would seem Mr. Ryan is not deeply troubled by voters simply being dropped from the registration lists and blocked from voting. There is absolutely no reason to believe a thorough investigation will be made by politicians supporting Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton’s lackeys, people in political positions of authority, openly state what a terrible thing it was that voters were disenfranchised, but Hillary Clinton’s “Leadership Council” member, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, will probably not provide much support for an investigation into a crime he may have been a part of.

There is, however, some hope of a real investigation. Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, released an online form, allowing voters to provide information about their experiences. Mr. Stringer seems to feel voting rights were actually violated. He said,

“The decline occurred without any adequate explanation furnished by the Board of Elections.”

“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.

Unfortunately, Mr. Stringer lacks the resources to take the investigation very far, and unless he finds corruption quickly, his investigation may be frustrated and dropped, with no results.

Hillary Clinton’s nomination is far from certain. She faces any number of possible criminal indictments and Bernie can still win the delegate count, especially if superdelegates realize how corrupt Hillary Clinton really is. The claims of her inevitable nomination ring hollow and have the desperate sound of people willing to do anything to help their candidate win.

 

2 Comments

  1. Lucinda Hannon

    Kudos to Scott M. Stringer, the New York Comptroller, who has issued an online form allowing New York voters a chance to report their voting experiences in the NY Primary on 4/20/16. He seeks to find the truth upon which our Democracy is supposed to rest. Bernie might have come very close to winning the Primary if all 125,000+ voters who were disenfranchised had been allowed to vote for him. Adding those voters to the count given in the NYT(4/21/16 at 4:58 PM ET) increases the participants to 1,940,552 and his vote count to 888,469 — within a couple of points of hers.
    Before we look to assign blame, let’s please get a more accurate count. It matters.

  2. Joy Francis

    What happened in New York is totally unfair I just hope that the system is improved and properly regulated it is bad that the people in positions of power to fix the corruption do nothing or just do a little when it is too late !