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NY Board of Elections Sued Over Ballots Sans Postmarks Now USPS To Testify at SDNY

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 29 – The recent election in New York has been sued, for the disqualification of absentee ballots.

 On July 29, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Analisa Torres held the first of two days of evidentiary hearings; here was the end, live tweeted by Inner City Press' @SDNYLIVE feed, here:

... the BOE "head of canvas" in Brooklyn has parked his car and logged on - to testify.  Board of Elections witness: We got a lot of ballots a week before...  Judge Torres: Was there a process of postmen giving ballots to individual staff members?? Witness: Not normally.  Judge Torres: Segregated by day? Witness: Initially when it arrives. 

Law Dep't lawyer: You only reviewed postmark on ballots arriving after June 23? Witness: Yes. They are transferred to our voting machine. Law Dept: How are they transported? Witness: A bi-partisan team. 

Law Dept: Can campaigns get information about the absentee ballots? Witness: They can have a watcher who has the ability to object to validity. Judge Torres: Hold on for a moment.  

NY Board of Elections witness: We had an incident in 2018 when a bunch of ballots were delivered late to office. [A beat]. Five months late. 

Today done - tomorrow a Postal Service witness.

Judge Analisa Torres tells Law Department lawyer to order transcript. He says given City's financial condition, no transcripts unless urgent.

Judge Torres: Go to Mr. Johnson. This is Constitutional. I'm ordering it   

 On July 30, according to US Attorney Audrey Strauss, there will be USPS witnesses Allen Tanko and Sheriln Simmons.
The case is Gallagher et al. v. N.Y. State Bd. of Elections et al., 20-cv-5504 (Torres)


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