On June 23, Suraj challenged Patel sitting rope. Carolyn Maloney in New York’s Democratic primary. Six weeks after election day, Patel is still a candidate – because there are so many absentee ballots impossible that officials have not yet declared a winner in his race.
Election law expert Nate Persily says New York’s problems may be the country’s problems come November without prompt and drastic action.
“I think we have two weeks to make the critical decisions necessary to pull off this election,” said Persily, a professor at Stanford Law School.
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Persily says that what is happening in New York is a “cautious story about how states and cities really need to prepare and work with the postal service to make postal voting work.”
Patel, who has been locked in a court battle over elected votes, agrees that the primary has been a mistake. Patel said, “We have to have self-reflection and introspection to be able to say, ‘We’ve messed it up.’ “
Nearly 2 million New Yorkers tried to vote by mail in June in June, according to officials, 10 times as many as four years ago.
Experts said government election officials were sadly unprepared for the flood of absentee ballots.
Governor Andrew Cuomo had tried to facilitate the process by sending voters postage-paid envelopes with all their requested votes, but it disappeared because the votes had to be postmarked with a date to be counted. The US Postal Service does not usually do this for prepaid, measured mail.
In New York alone, court applications show that a total of 12,500 votes cast have been annulled because they lacked postage stamps.
Patel, who ran in a district that stretches across Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, said, “You are not entitled to a perfect choice, America. But you are entitled to a free and fair one.”
Currently closed with 3,700 votes, Patel sued to get more votes without ballots.
On Monday night, a judge ruled that at least 1,000 disputed votes must be included in the bill.
A spokesman for the New York Electoral Board said: “With respect to the court’s decision issued last night, our neighborhood staff will continue to prepare our operations to channel any further votes, while awaiting the state board’s guidance set forth in the court’s decision.”
But the state is appealing to the order to count the votes, “referring to” the enormous burden of local elections and the uncertainty that the precedent will cause in the future. “
In addition, 33,000 votes were sent to voters the day before election day, which meant that they could never go back in time. Some voters did not get a vote until after election day.
Election representatives in New York say they did their best in difficult circumstances. That did not stop President Donald Trump, a critic who voted for the post, from quoting the New York mess to score a point.
“It has been a total disaster,” Trump said Monday. “They have six weeks to do it. Now they have no idea what’s going on.
Persily says that Congress must allocate 3-4 billion dollars immediately to “put the foundations in place” so that this autumn’s unusual election succeeds.
He believes that if Congress does not act and the election is close, the results may not be known and the decision on who can come to the Supreme Court.
“Democracy is more than just a process of voting,” Persily said. “It’s also about confidence in the results and confidence in the people who will be our leaders, and I’m worried it will slip away.”
Merritt Enright contributed.