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Number of voting complaints to Attorney General’s Office skyrockets

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Between 6 AM and 3:50 PM, the office of the Attorney General received 562 phone calls and 140 emails with complaints from voters across New York State through the Attorney General Schneiderman’s voter hotline.

To put this in context, the office says they received roughly 150 total complaints for the 2012 general election. They say the numbers today are by far the largest volume of complaints they have received for an election since Attorney General Schneiderman took office in 2011.

According to the office, the most common complaint has been from individuals who attempted to vote but were told that they are not registered to vote whatsoever.

They say the second most common complaint has been from individuals who are registered, but have been informed that they are not registered with a particular political party and may not participate in the partisan primary of their choice.

The office says they have also received complaints about poll workers allegedly denying voters affidavit ballots when requested, and that they have some evidence that this is more of a problem upstate than in New York City and its suburbs. 

The Attorney General’s Office says that other common complaints have included a lack of privacy at polling places, accessibility issues at polling sites, unclear instructions from poll workers (specifically about voting for delegates in addition to candidates for president), and ballots stating that votes must be marked in black ink but polling sites only had blue ink pens available.

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