Monday, November 21, 2016

BOE Commissioner Who Claims Voter ID Fraud is Replace By Political Hack

NYC BOE Commissioner Subpoenaed by State BOE On His Claims of Voter Fraud
Elections official subpoenaed after his claims of voter fraud (NYP) tate investigators have questioned the Manhattan Democratic representative on the city’s Board of Elections, who was caught on a secret video claiming Mayor de Blasio’s municipal ID program was contributing to “all kinds of fraud.”  The state Board of Elections investigative unit subpoenaed Manhattan Commissioner Al Schulkin to explain his bombshell comments, recorded by an undercover muckraker for the conservative Project Veritas. In the video, Schulkin also talks about people in minority neighborhoods being bused to different polling sites, while  questioning where “thousands of absentee ballots” originated. “It’s absurd. There is a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud … This is why I get more conservative as I get older,” Schulkin said on the videotape.  Shulkin was interviewed Tuesday by state investigators, sources said. He could not be reached for comment. But sources familiar with the subpoena said the commissioner was not happy about being summoned and grilled. Mayor de Blasio has called for Schulkin’s resignation, saying he was spreading falsehoods about the city’s ID program.

BOE Manhattan Democrat Commissioner Says ID Programs Opens Up Voting Fruad 
The Manhattan Democratic representative on the New York City Board of Elections was caught on a secret video slamming Mayor Bill de Blasio’s municipal ID program as contributing to “all kinds of fraud,” including voter fraud, the Post writes.   “He gave out ID cards, de Blasio. That’s in lieu of a driver’s license, but you can use it for anything,” Commissioner Alan Schulkin said in the undercover video recorded by a muckraker for conservative nonprofit Project Veritas.  “But they didn’t vet people to see who they really are. Anybody can go in there and say, ‘I am Joe Smith, I want an ID card,’ ” he said in the bombshell tape.  “It’s absurd. There is a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud . . . This is why I get more conservative as I get older.”  Schulkin didn’t hold back to the undercover journalist, who identified herself as a political consultant at a United Federation of Teachers holiday party on Dec. 16.  Not realizing he was being recorded, he broke with his own party’s position that voter-ID requirements hurt the poor and minorities.  Schulkin said he backed the IDs to prevent rampant fraud.  “The law says you can’t ask for anything. Which they really should be able to do,” Schulkin said, according to a copy of the video and transcript provided to The Post.  “I believe they should be able to do it,” he added.  The videographer asked point blank, “You think they should have voter ID in New York?”  Schulkin responded, “Voters? Yeah, they should ask for your ID. I think there is a lot of voter fraud.” UPDATE  "he should really step down” — @BilldeBlasio re: @BOENYC commissioner who spoke about voter fraud & @IDNYC, via @BrianLehrer

Update Assemblyman demands elections official resign for linking minorities to voter fraud (NYP) Bronx Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda said Schulkin said the comments make Schulkin unfit to be a Democratic representative on the elections board.  “His comments about alleged voter fraud coming from Black, Latino Asian and Muslim communities reeks of racism and is factually incorrect,” said Sepulveda. Schulkin was appointed in 2014 with the support of Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, and Manhattan Council members Corey Johnson, Margaret Chin, Mark Levine, and Ydanis Rodriguez, sources said.  Manhattan Democratic Party leader Keith Wright supported another candidate, but lost out in the power struggle with the Council leadership , sources said. Mark Viverito issued a terse statement saying Schulkin’s comments are “uninformed opinions have no basis in fact.”  A City Hall official said Schulkin is not likely to be reappointed when his term is up at year’s end.  Schulkin addressed the controversy during a Board of Elections Committee meeting on Tuesday. He said he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body and claimed his secretly recorded videotaped comments were taken out of context.

BOE Commissioner Let Go Not for the Corrupt Incompetent Way the Agency is Run But for Claiming ID Program Was Creating Illegal Vote

Elections official caught blasting de Blasio’s ID program to be replaced (NYP) The Board of Elections commissioner who was caught in an undercover video alleging that the city’s municipal-ID program is contributing to voter fraud is leaving his post under fire, sources said Wednesday.  Alan Schulkin, the Democrat representing Manhattan at the BOE, was told by party leaders that he won’t be reappointed to another four-year term when his current term expires on Dec. 31. 

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