BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Complaints poured in throughout the day to the New York Attorney General’s Office regarding complaints from voters who believe their rights have been infringed upon.
The complaints will likely continue flooding in, but they’ve already dwarfed numbers of complaints received during the 2012 election, the first election since Attorney General Eric Schneiderman took office.
Officials say from the morning to the afternoon, they’ve received over 560 phone calls and 140 emails from people attempting to file complaints. In the entire 2012 election, voters only filed 150 total complaints.
The New York primary is highly charged this year, as votes from New Yorkers could very well decide who makes it to the final ballot. Schneiderman’s office says a common complaint among those who called on Tuesday was being told they had no registration on file, and therefore couldn’t vote.
Schneiderman’s office also said some complained they were registered, but were told they weren’t registered with either Democrats or Republicans, and therefore couldn’t participate in the primary of their choice.
In the upstate and western New York areas, officials say complaints have been filed suggesting poll workers allegedly denied voters affidavit ballots when requested.
Complaints will continue to rack up, with polls closing at 9 p.m. across New York State, however officials say they have already received more complaints than have ever been recorded in an election.