Assembly member calls for full audit of general election
Casey Seiler is reporting at Capitol Confidential a member of the state Assembly on Mon., Nov. 28, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting an audit of the 2016 election. Ithaca Democrat Barbara Lifton said the audit she is calling for would involve checking voting machines, an look at the practice of voter purging and an examination of .5 [point five] percent of paper ballots. “Our elections are being called into question by national figures. President-elect Donald Trump continues to say, as of [Monday], that millions of Americans have voted fraudulently,” Lifton wrote. “And people on the left – particularly Jill Stein of the Green Party – have called for a recount in three states, due to her concerns about possible hacking and disenfranchisement, as I understand the Green Party request. Now a recount will happen in one and perhaps other states, but I am greatly concerned that this limited recount will not restore the trust that is required in a strong democracy.” Lifton also expressed concerns about some states using lists drawn up by the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. That program has been used in more than 20 states to assess the validity of voter rolls using techniques that have been criticized as discriminatory and technologically suspect. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.