Brooklyn Election Clerk Suspended in Wake of Voter Complaints

The suspension comes after the state's top prosecutor announced an investigation into the beleaguered NYC Board of Elections

A New York City Board of Elections official has been suspended amid reports that some voters were turned away from polling sites during the state's presidential primary, officials said Thursday.

Brooklyn Chief Clerk Diane Hasslet-Rudiano was suspended without pay, the board said in a news release.

She has been suspended pending an internal probe into "the administration of the voter rolls" in Brooklyn.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his office launched an investigation on Wednesday after a state voter hotline received more than 700 complaints.

“The administration of the voter rolls in Brooklyn is of major concern to our office and is a focus of our investigation,” Attorney General Schneiderman said after learning about Hasslet-Rudiano's suspension.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said he would audit the board.

The board said it would cooperate with both inquiries.

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