NYC Board of Election admits to removing 100K BK voters from rolls

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The New York City Board of Elections is admitting to removing thousands of voters from rolls across the city in 2016, according to WNYC.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says more than 200,000 voters across the city were illegally removed in the spring of 2016 before the presidential primary. More than 100,000 of those voters were from Brooklyn. Schneiderman says the Board of Elections will now be required to fully overhaul their procedures.

This incident comes nearly a year after the Board of Elections was sued in federal court for violating the National Voter Registration Act and state election law.

According to WNYC, the board will now be required to submit a plan to resolve how it manages voter rolls within 90 days. This includes documenting all procedures connected to maintaining the list and having all staff who oversee those actions be properly identified. The Board of Elections will also have to review every voter registration removed from their list dating back to July 2013.

In addition, the board must respond to complaints submitted by voters and be subject to monthly and annual reporting requirements.

Lawmakers say that it is important that the issue is addressed.

"The right to vote is fundamental," says Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez in a statement. "I am pleased that the board will be required to take steps to address the problem in the future."

Velazquez and the attorney general say they will be closely monitoring what happens next to ensure that all steps are taken to prevent this from happening again.

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