Alleged voter fraud by Satmar hasidim in Kiryas Joel may have tipped the election to a slate of Democratic candidates endorsed by Satmar – but the state does not appear to be actively investigating it, perhaps because of Democratic Governor Cuomo’s extremely close relationship with Satmar.
Originally published at 10:12 pm CST 11-9-2013. Updated with video at 12:45 am CST 11-10-2013.
Alleged Satmar Voter Fraud In Kiryas Joel May Have Tipped Election
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Tuesday's election results are still not final for Monroe, New York – the upstate New York town that contains within it the Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel.
A reason those results should not be final is the appearance of widespread Satmar voter fraud – although the state does not appear to be actively investigating it, perhaps because of Governor Cuomo’s extremely close relationship with Satmar.
But what is actually slowing down the final results are hundreds of emergency ballots that still lie uncounted with “no indication if enough were cast to erase the leads supervisor candidate Harley Doles and his Democratic running mates held over [the anti-Satmar] United Monroe's candidates,” the Times Herald-Record reported.
A court order reportedly issued in Westchester County that covers all counties in the state's 9th Judicial District, including Orange County where Monroe lies, blocked the Orange County Board of Elections from examining ballots until November 18 and stopped the county from counting paper ballots.
But the petition that prompted that court order comes from an unrelated case and may be withdrawn early this week because the petitioner, a State Supreme Court (the state’s lowest courts) judge, easily won reelection and the order is no longer necessary.
United Monroe is focusing on a batch of about 545 Kiryas Joel votes for Doles and his running mates added to the Election Day totals the day after the election. All those votes were cast at the polling station in Aishes Chayil, one of two Kiryas Joel polling stations.
Those votes were allegedly taken from a ballot scanner assigned to Kiryas Joel.
United Monroe’s poll watchers reportedly counted 5,341 Kiryas Joel votes on election day. But the Satmar-backed Doles slate received 6,378 in the Satmar village – 1,037 more votes than United Monroe’s poll watchers say were cast.
United Monroe also complained about massive voting problems on election day that occurred only at polling stations outside Kiryas Joel, including “huge ballot shortages; emergency ballots with print too small to read; and a two-hour wait in one packed station that drove voters away,” the paper reported.
Satmar hasidic voter fraud was widely exposed in the New York City media during this year’s primary election. In Israel, haredim close to Beit Shemesh’s haredi mayor, Rabbi Moshe Abutbol, are under investigation for widespread voter fraud carried out in part with the help of so-called extremist haredim who part of a haredi umbrella organization linked to Satmar.