Chris McKenna | lohud | Sept. 7, 2023
The complaints have cropped up around New York for weeks: strangers appear on a voter’s doorstep to question his or her voting address and — in some cases — make alarming accusations.
In one encounter on Aug. 27, a rattled Glens Falls resident told authorities two women informed her she had committed a felony by being registered to vote in two places. What actually happened was that she had switched her voting address when she moved to Warren County from Saratoga County in 2022, but state records still showed her purged registration in Saratoga.
In another encounter, a Cornwall voter told the Orange County Board of Elections last week that someone claiming to work for the county board came to his home and asked him to “correct something” about his registration. He was left with a survey to complete, but oddly, no address where he was supposed to send it.
The state Board of Elections sounded the alarm last week, warning New Yorkers that people posing as county election workers had been confronting voters at their homes and falsely claiming they committed crimes because of how their names appeared in a statewide voter database.
“We are extremely alarmed by these actions,” Raymond Riley III, the state board’s co-executive director, said in a statement then. “These individuals are impersonating government officials in an effort to intimidate voters based on inaccurate and misleading information.”