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

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK -

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.

  • Brooklyn SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 70th Emmy Awards

    70th Emmy Awards

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Event Lineup at the Barclays Center

    Event Lineup at the Barclays Center

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Musicians and husband and wife Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform during their Soul2Soul Tour at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Musicians and husband and wife Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform during their Soul2Soul Tour at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

    The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is rolling out a new concert lineup for 2018. 

    The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is rolling out a new concert lineup for 2018. 

  • Things To Do

    Things To Do

    Looking for something fun to do? Check our our guide of things to do in the tri-state area.Looking for something fun to do? Check our our guide of things to do in the tri-state area.
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."