NYC MASSIVE VOTER PURGE

New York City purged 200 thousand voters in 2016, blocking their ability to vote. Why?

Aired on November 8, 2018.

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> A NEWLY PUBLISHED INVESTIGATIVE PIECE FROM CITY AND STATE TAKES US INSIDED STAGGERING PURGE OF 200,000 NEW YORK CITY VOTERS FROM THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AT THE TIME ERIC SNEIDERMAN REVEALED THAT THE CITY'S BOARD OF ELECTIONS WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ILLEGALLY WIPING PEOPLE FROM THE ROLLSMENT PE -- A SETTLEMENT WAS REACHED AND A VAGUE LIST OF REFORMS WERE AGREED TO.

ACCORDING TO STACY ASIP, THERE IS SCANT EVIDENCE THE CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS HAS DONE NEARLY ENOUGH TO CLEAN UP ITS ACT AND THERE'S LITTLE SIGN THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL TO REFORM HOW ELECTIONS ARE RUN IN THE STATE.

WE'RE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME STACY ASIP TO TALK ABOUT THIS.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THIS STORY THAT DREW YOU TO IT?

WELL, I GUESS TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I EXPECTED SOMEBODY ELSE TO DO THE STORY.

IT SEEMED LIKE NOBODY FOLLOWED UP ON IT.

THERE WERE 200,000, OH, ACTUALLY AT THE TIME IT WAS 126,000 VOTERS IN BROOKLYN, AND THEN NOTHING.

IT SEEMED LIKE THE STORY FLAT LINED.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT WAS?

WHY DO YOU THINK IT SEEMED TO DISAPPEAR?

AS I BROUGHT UP IN MY STORY, WHEN ERIC SNEIDERMAN FIRST INTERVENED, HE JOINED A LAWSUIT THAT EXISTED.

HE ANNOUNCED IT ON JANUARY 27th AND IT WAS THE WEEK THAT TRUMP WAS INAUGURATED SO PEOPLE'S ATTENTION WAS ELSEWHERE.

HOW DID THESE PEOPLE FIND OUT THAT THEIR NAMES HAD BEEN PURGED?

THE FIRST PROBLEM WAS PURGES OCCURRED BUT THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS HAD NOT SYNC'D THEIR DATA BASE UP WITH THE STATE, SO THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO IT ON NOVEMBER 1st AND APRIL 1st OR BY NOVEMBER 1st AND APRIL 1st, SO THE MONTHS LEADING INTO THE PRIMARY WHEN VOTERS WENT TO CHECK THEIR REGISTRATIONS, THE DATA WASN'T IN THE NOVEMBER UPDATE.

OKAY.

SO THEY DIDN'T START TO FIND OUT UNTIL APRIL 1st OF 2016, AND THE PRIMARY WAS ON APRIL 19th, SO IT DIDN'T GIVE THEM ANY TIME TO WORK FOR THEM.

I'M GOING TO JUMP AHEAD TO A COUPLE OF THINGS.

SURE.

YOU TALK ABOUT IT IN YOUR ARTICLE.

ONE OF THE THINGS YOU MENTIONED IS THERE THE POLITICAL WILL, ESPECIALLY FOR THE DEMOCRATS IN POWER TO DO THIS.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT MIGHT BE?

I CAN GIVE THEORIES BASED ON MY EVIDENCE THAT I FOUND THAT ONE OF THE REASONS NEW YORK STATE HAS SOME OF THE MOST RESTRICTIVE LAWS WITH REGARD TO REGISTERING AND VOTING IS THAT IT FAVORS INCUMBENTS AND ESTABLISHMENT DEMOCRATS WHO CONTROL THE STATE.

WHY DO WE WANT TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN WE'RE DOING OKAY RIGHT NOW.

IN FACT YESTERDAY IN THE 'NEW YORK TIMES' FOR THE FIRST TIME DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE STATE SENATE.

I THINK IT'S THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS, AND THEY SAID THE FIRST THING THEY SHOULD DO IS ELECTORAL REFORM.

LET'S SEE HOW THAT GOES, AND THESE PURGES DREW ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THESE RESTRICTIVE LAWS.

I MEAN, HAD PEOPLE BEEN ABLE TO CHANGE PARTIES EARLIER THAN OCTOBER 9th.

I MEAN, YOU HAD TO CHANGE PARTIES HOW MANY MONTHS WAS THAT.

PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEAS THAT THESE RESTRICTIONS EXIST.

PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THE DATES AND THERE WERE ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE TRYING TO NEWLY REGISTER.

THE DMV'S DATA BASE CRASHED, SO FOR I DON'T KNOW, FIVE HOURS, PEOPLE COULDN'T GET ON TO REGISTER ON THE LAST DAY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.

I MEAN, IT'S 2018.

WHY CAN'T THEY GET THEIR COMPUTERS TO WORK, YOU KNOW, OR WHY CAN'T THEY KEEP THEM UP TO DATE OR WHY ARE THEY CRASHING OR WHY ARE PEOPLE'S REGISTRATIONS DISAPPEARING.

I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, STACY, THIS IS JOURNALISM AT ITS BEST IN THE SENSE THAT IT ILLUMINATES A PROBLEM AND THEN SAYS NOW HOW DO WE REMEDY THIS, WHERE DO WE GO.

I'M GOING TO SUGGEST TO FOLKS IF THEY HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO READ YOUR ARTICLE, MAKE SURE YOU GO THERE AND TAKE A LOOK.

IT WAS EXCELLENT REPORTING AND MAKING US UNDERSTAND THERE'S A PROBLEM THAT NEED TO GET RESOLVED AND HOPEFULLY DOWN THE ROAD WE'LL GET YOU BACK AND SEE IF THOUGH REFORMS HAPPENED.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

TAKE CARE NOW.

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