Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s prime workers has launched a last-minute effort trying to stop New York City’s embattled Board of Elections from resending ballots to practically 100,000 Brooklynites who acquired the incorrect return envelope, The Post has discovered.
The developments come simply hours after BOE commissioners ordered the company vendor that botched the preliminary absentee poll mailings to resend them.
“The governor wants to take a different approach,” stated Doug Kellner, the co-chairman of the state Board of Elections, who declined to elaborate additional. “You’ve got to talk to the governor’s office.”
Another prime state official confirmed that Cuomo’s workplace is pressuring the town BOE to abandon the plan.
“Late in the day, the governor’s top staff — including his top counsel — got on the phone with the Board and was pushing them not to remail ballots,” the particular person informed The Post, including that Cuomo’s workers was fascinated about a plan to simply remail the envelopes, an thought the official labeled “twisted.”
“The result would be massive disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of Brooklynites,” the official stated.
“It would be a horrible mistake,” the particular person added. “It’ll be a fiasco even worse than it is.”
State Sen. Zellnor Myrie blasted the thought as phrase started to leak out.
“We are hearing reports that @ wants to prevent the @ from rectifying the issue by stopping them from sending corrected ballots,” he wrote on Twitter. “This is straight-up disenfranchisement and an affront to our democracy. The vendor screwed up and is trying to fix it. Let them!”
Cuomo’s workplace claimed that the town Board of Elections was impartial of their meddling, however then stated that resending the ballots can be an overcorrection.
“We don’t control the board of elections but our recommendation was that sending corrected envelopes will ensure that any person that got an erroneous envelope can still vote,” stated senior Cuomo adviser Richard Azzopardi. “There is nothing wrong with the actual ballots and sending 100,000 duplicate ballots seems to be an overcorrection.”
One supply instructed to The Post that Cuomo was nervous concerning the optics of the Board of Elections resending the ballots as a result of it might probably permit President Trump to declare New Yorkers have been voting twice.
The slight threat of double voting was additionally introduced up internally by the BOE, in accordance to Secretary Fred Umane. But Umane stated the BOE solid forward with the choice to ship new ballots with envelopes as a result of the strategy outweighs what he referred to as the small chance of voter fraud.
Absentee poll return envelopes are coded with the identical voter ID that’s stored within the ballot books, making it practically not possible for anybody to vote twice simply because they acquired a second poll, sources stated.