Modern Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm and a group of Satmar hasidim are suing the Sullivan County Board of Elections over alleged discrimination – even though some of these same hasidim and Lamm were caught attempting to commit what many call voter fraud.
A New York County wants to prevent Hasidic voters from casting ballots in an upcoming election because of their religion, a new federal lawsuit charges.
The Sullivan County Board of Elections, which oversees voting in the Village of Bloomingburg, sent notices to 184 of 285 registered voters January 16 stating that it “intended to cancel their voter registration and to deprive them of the right to vote”--and more than 160 of those 184 voters are Hasidim, alleges the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Bloomingburg, a Catskills hamlet with a population of 420, has seen a large influx of Hasidim in recent years.
“All of them had previously registered to vote in Bloomingburg, which is in Sullivan County,” the complaint continues, but the notice demanded those voters give new evidence to prove “why your registration should not be cancelled.”
Plaintiffs in the suit and other Hasidim complied with these demands, the suit says, but the BOE said February 27 it would cancel 156 of the 184 voters’ registrations--without further explanation. “What makes the action even more egregious here is that the Board of Elections has sought to cancel the votes of virtually every Hasidic Jewish resident of Bloomingburg. The Board plainly singled out these voters for challenge based entirely upon their religion,” the lawsuit declares. (The italics are from the filing.)
The BOE directed requests for comment to the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office, which said it was unable to comment on the suit at this time.…
The suit is backed by Shalom Lamm, the Modern Orthodox developer who, according to locals and to documents posted on FailedMessiah.com, deceived (and, some say, bribed) his way past naive locals to get the original go-aheads for the project, which was always meant to be a 396-unit high density Satmar hasidic village but camouflaged as a low density 125-home golf course vacation and retirement community. Lamm denied that allegation yet again in the Newsweek story, even though the documents proving it to be true were first posted by FailedMessiah.com last year.
The hasidim who were disqualified from voting almost all claimed one of Lamm's private homes in the village as their residence, with more than a dozen adults showing the same single family home as their "official" residence. The property, however, showed no sign of regular habitation. It lacked furniture. People did not enter or exit. And there were very many other similar voter fraud-like irregularities, as well – including the fact that Lamm's daughter and son-in-law, who live and work full time in Israel and who never established a residence in the tiny 420-person village, claimed Bloomingburg as their permanent residence and tried to vote in the town elections last year. Their votes were tossed out.
Even Lamm himself played this game. He claimed Bloomingburg as his permanent residence in the same election even though he claimed West Hempstead, New York as his official residence in a court filing in another case only weeks before that.
One of the "leaders" of Bloomingburg's hasidic community, Aron Tzvi Rabiner, has several addresses, I'm told, only one of which is in Bloomingburg. Rabiner only began spending any significant time in the village after he decided to run for office there a few weeks ago, sources told FailedMessiah.com. Rabiner's votes – cast before he made that decision – were also tossed. The lease he submitted as proof of residency was undated.
County law enforcement officials investigated these cases and the Board of Elections used their findings in making its rulings. But those findings are backed by the eyewitness testimony from dozens of locals, as well, all of whom saw Lamm's mail drops used to try to skew elections.
So why is this suit filed?
Because it can be. All it costs is money, and even though it has little chance to succeed, what chance it has is worth the price paid to pursue it. Lamm and his hasidic buddies want to turn Bloomingburg into a hasidic controlled, hasidic run village, the faster the better. How they do that – and who gets stepped on and trampled in the process – is of little concern.