Watch: Activist Whose Group Filed an Emergency Lawsuit in New York Blasts Mysterious Disenfranchisement of Thousands of Voters

Election '16

Shyla Nelson's group, Elections Justice USA is pushing to change New York to an open primary through an emergency lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit comes after thousands of New York voters were disenfranchised due to misrepresented party affiliation on their registration. The Young Turks political reporter Jordan Chariton investigates the causes and consequences of the recent catastrophe affecting multiple states, including New York, which votes today. 

"Election Justice USA’s lawsuit endeavors to file an emergency injunctive action which with effectively takes those legitiamately registered voters who for whatever reason have been purged from the voter roles, to give them the opportunity to vote [Tuesday]. If it turns out that we would have to do so through an addadavit ballot or provisional ballot we are asking that ballots absolutely be counted. We are asking that it be required that those ballots absolutely be counted." Shyla Nelson told TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton. Unfortunately, they weren't.  

Chariton wondered how many people were affected by these errors. The numbers so far are astounding.

"We’re getting reports of 63,500 [just in] Brooklyn dropped from the voter role," Nelson confirmed. "The scale of this is probably bigger than any of us know at this time. It is a developing situation. It’s happening in New York and it’s happening elsewhere throughout the United States."

"Do you think there’s something nefarious happening here?" Chariton asked Nelson, adding, "the main people I’m hearing from are young voters."

"It’s tough to tell at this point," Nelson admitted. "It’s a mystery we're putting the puzzle pieces together as quickly as we can hoping that we might where this problem originated. [But] it is bigger than New York. We’re seeing these issues pop up in California, Kentucky, Wyoming, Pennsylvania We know that there were huge issues in Arizona. That was the catalyst that brought our group together in the first place. Clearly there is some systemic problem.”

It should be noted that New York also has the earliest deadline to change party affiliation in the country. 

Watch: Interview with Shyla Nelson on The Young Turks

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