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New York Voting Process ‘Very Close to Failing,’ Advocate Says

(DNAINFO)  Ben Fractenberg | January 13, 2017 — Common Cause New York said the state should adopt practices like early voting and electronic poll books.

A good government group gave New York state a D- for administering elections the day after the Department of Justice joined its federal lawsuit over the purging of 117,000 people from Brooklyn’s voter rolls.

Common Cause New York said the state lags far behind others in areas like early voting, allocating polling place resources and using electronic poll books. The organization led the federal suit against voter suppression in the city.

“The fact that the Department of Justice yesterday announced that they are joining our lawsuit challenging the New York City Board of Elections practices, failing to comply with the national voter registration act simply underlines the sorry state of election administration here in New York,” Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner said during a press conference Friday outside City Hall.

Lerner said her group was also pushing for New York to join an interstate exchange of voter registration info to better track voters who move in and out of the state.

Source: New York Voting Process ‘Very Close to Failing,’ Advocate Says – Civic Center – DNAinfo New York