NYC MASSIVE VOTER PURGE

November 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

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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