Pierson Poll-Watcher Says Widespread Vote Fraud Possible in Williamsburg

Gothamist reports on allegations of attempted voting fraud in Tuesday’s primary election, quoting David Greenberg, a poll watcher for unsuccessful City Council candidate and Brooklyn Heights resident Stephen Pierson (photo), as saying he observed so many attempts to vote using fraudulent credentials that he assumed the problem was “widespread.” Greenberg, who was observing voting at IS 71 in Williamsburg, said there was a period of time before he and other poll watchers were allowed into the polling place because of an alleged problem with their credentials.

The Gothamist piece also quotes a Board of Elections worker and a police officer as saying they had observed attempts to vote fraudulently, but did not know of any actual voting fraud. Greenberg is not quoted as suggesting that those who attempted to vote fraudulently, or may have succeeded in doing so, were trying to vote or voting for Pierson’s successful opponent, incumbent City Council Member Stephen Levin.

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  • bklyn20

    Sorry, Mr. Pierson. You can lead a Levin to victory, but you can’t make him stink!

  • wally haskell

    Bad hand by the poker boy. He should have folded instead.

  • skeptic

    are you saying people were asked to present credentials before being allowed to vote?

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    As the Gothamist piece points out, if your signature doesn’t match the one on the voter roll, you may be asked to show ID. Also, some appeared to be too young to vote. This is also grounds for a challenge. Otherwise, no one need show credentials.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    I think the person can be “challenged” and then asked to swear to the facts that they are allowed to vote but they cannot be compelled to produce documentation.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Could be. I’m not an expert on election law and have never known the joy of being challenged.

  • Marathoner

    This must have been his first visit to a polling location. Welcome to our political system SP.