The (Untold) True Story of the New York State Primary Disaster
This lengthy article from Time leaves out the most important truths. If you are interested, I'm going to fill you in.
You may have heard that results from the mail-in ballots were still being tallied 5 weeks after the June 23 Election. True.
You may also have heard that NY State offered Early Voting. true
Here's what you probably have not heard: The continuing drama was intentional.
Early Voting got practically no publicity. I heard about it from a friend who is a former NYC Board of Elections Commissioner. Not a word about Early Voting got out on TV in the newspapers or on the web as the early voting polls opened. Only very late in the day was there any coverage at all.
As the City Council member, Zellnor Myrie, states in the article posted above, those who requested a mail-in ballot often got their ballots too late to be reliable. My experience mirrors Zellnor's. I voted early as I realized my ballot may not arrive on time.
But the most shocking of all the events was the ban on counting the ballots as they arrived. Governor Cuomo decreed that No Ballots would be counted until a week after the June 23 election.
Let me repeat this: Ballot counting began on Wednesday,July 1. And then the pace was excruciating. By design.
So Why all this delay? Why all this chaos? Here's my answer, though it may not be the only answer.
Governor Cuomo has been distressed and dismayed by the unseating of his collaborators in the 2018 Elections. Progressives and DSA members took over the New York State Senatein 2018.
In 2020, the Progressives from all the Not DNC democratic parties put forth many candidates, again threatening Cuomo's control, especially in the New York State Senate.
The mess that Cuomo fabricated for this election was designed to prevent, or at the very least, limit further Progessive gains in New York.
I am happy to tell you that this mighty effort failed. About 20 New York State Senate Seats turned over. Progressives also won U.S. Congressional seats from longtime DNC stalwarts. Ohhhhh it was good.
A simple fix for November 3 is to count all ballots as they are received and widely publicize early voting.