Just a few hours after rallying at PENN State—Vermont US Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was back in his home state.
Sanders touched down at Heritage Aviation in South Burlington just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He first congratulated Hillary Clinton for pulling off a win in the Empire State, but said he was extremely concerned about the voting process—pointing out voting irregularities that had been reported earlier in the day.
“In a state as large as New York—almost 30% of the eligible voters—some 3-million New Yorkers–were unable to vote today because they had registered as independents, not democrats or republicans, and that makes no sense to me at all. People should have the right to participate in a primary and vote for their candidate for president of the United States,” Sanders said.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s voter complaint hotline had “received more than 700 complaints from voters across (New York state)” before 4 p.m., Schneiderman spokesman Nick Benson tweeted. The same office, he added, had heard only around 150 on the day of the 2012 general election.
Sanders was also asked to weigh-in Tuesday night about the federal EB5 program, which is under intense scrutiny in Vermont. The Securities and Exchange Commission and Vermont filed civil fraud charges last week against Jay Peak, Inc. owners Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger. Both are accused of misusing more than $200 million from foreign investors intended for development projects in the Northeast Kingdom. He declined to comment.
Sanders said his team will now focus on the next big voting day, April 26. Five states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, head to the polls.