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Rangel Opponent Charges Voter Suppression

From the New York Times:

Espaillat Calls Primary Race ‘Phantom Election’

July 2, 2012

State Senator Adriano Espaillat, airing his anger for the first time over an increasingly contentious vote count in his Congressional primary against Representative Charles B. Rangel, declared the race "a phantom election" on Monday and criticized the New York City Board of Elections for botching the voting process.

"We cannot have a Florida type of situation in New York State," Mr. Espaillat said in a news conference outside a senior center in Washington Heights, a neighborhood where, Mr. Espaillat said, many voters turned out to the polls last Tuesday only to be told the city had no record of their enrollment.

"I have received hundreds of complaints of voter suppression, and voters being turned away," Mr. Espaillat said. "We will go to court, and we will go to the final round. I am going to fight to ensure that every single vote is counted."

Clearly the man is a racist. Eric Holder has assured us that vote fraud does not exist unless there are Republicans doing it.

Still, you have to wonder if requiring photo IDs might not have helped clear up some of these problems.

Mr. Rangel claimed victory in the primary on Tuesday night — and Mr. Espaillat conceded — after a count by The Associated Press showed Mr. Rangel with a comfortable lead over Mr. Espaillat and three other opponents. But the margin of victory has narrowed repeatedly as the Board of Elections continues its manual counting of votes in the district, which includes parts of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

Over the weekend, the Board of Elections announced that Mr. Rangel’s lead had considerably shrunk. Mr. Rangel is now ahead of Mr. Espaillat by only 802 votes, or about 2 percentage points, and more than 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots remain to be counted

Or found.

But isn’t that peculiar? That usually only happens to Republicans.

Mr. Espaillat described last Tuesday’s vote as a "murky process," and he rattled off a series of perceived problems with the process, including a lack of Spanish translators at the polling stations and reports from his constituents that they had been turned away by election workers.

Mr. Espaillat said he never received a notice from the Board of Elections that the primary date had been changed to June from September, and he said he had family members who were told at polling stations that their names were not listed in the rolls of registered voters, a possible cause for the high number of affidavit ballots

Even his family members were kept from voting? Were the New Black Panthers working the polling stations?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Rangel Opponent Charges Voter Suppression”

  1. wirenut says:

    Al Franken stated, “keep counting till you get the numbers that you need”. Thanks Al. Nuffsaid.
    No dog in this fight, but my bathtub has a racist ring about it. Jeesh!

  2. River0 says:

    The real danger of Democrat Party politics and corruption is the chaos it breeds. They cannibalize their own. Amoral expediency, moral conceit, and hunger for power over others leads to civil war and bankruptcy.

  3. canary says:

    There would be videos circulating viral if Espaillat’s family members were not able to vote.

    Espaillat a Dominican that gained citizenship who is trying to get America to recognize Dominican Republican History Month. Make “Peublo” an official American holiday each year.

    I wish Sheriff Joe had been there to make the largest bust in American history.

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