DANR Statement on the Matter of Latino & Dominican Right to Vote Being Suppressed in New York
Washington, DC -The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) and its National Council (NDAC) have received numerous requests for information from members, supporters and friends from across the United States regarding the outcome of Tuesday, June 26, 2012 New York Congressional Primaries.
Requests are primarily about whether the voting rights of voters residing in the newly drawn New York Congressional District 13th were violated. Said district encompasses, Hispanic Harlem, Harlem, Morning Side, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Marvel Hill, Inwood, West Bronx, Northwest Bronx, Kingsbridge, and among other communities, Norwood.
“This past Tuesday, June 26, 2012, countless Latino and Dominican voters from New York Congressional District 13th were denied their right to vote,” said President Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, on behalf of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), and its National Council (NDAC).
“Voters reported to their usual voting sites, many with a voting history of several years; an unknown number of them were turned away; told their names did not appear on the record book, and when they demanded to cast their votes, were grudgingly offered the option to vote by affidavit (a handwritten vote to be examined later for validity). This happened consistently in heavily Latino and Dominican populated voting districts, especially at voting sites where non-Latinos manned the voting tables in Manhattan and the Bronx.”
An injunction application was submitted to the Supreme Court of the State of New York County of New York by petitioner/candidate/voter Adriano Espaillat against respondent The Board of Elections of the City of New York, respondents/candidates/voters Charles Rangel, Clyde Williams, Joyce Johnson, Craig Schley and respondent the Police Department of the City of New York.
The Court will hold a hearing at 111 Centre Street Room 574 New York, NY on the Board of Elections’ proceedings in the 13th Congressional District on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 2:30am or as soon thereafter.
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“Considering the injunction application, the number of requests and complaints received, the DANR National Board suspects Latino and Dominican right to vote was concertedly and effectively denied and/or suppressed this past Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in New York State.”
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