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Eric Schneiderman probes NYC elections board

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman speaks

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman speaks at a news conference in New York City on Feb. 11, 2016. Credit: Getty Images / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

ALBANY — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman opened an investigation Wednesday into claims of impropriety by the New York City Board of Elections during the state primary.

The Democrat said his office received more than 1,000 complaints by voters on Tuesday after they tried to cast their ballots. He said the complaints were remarkable for their “volume and consistency.”

Schneiderman said the probe could be extended to other parts of the state where complaints were also made. Schneiderman provided no details on what specific concerns he’s investigating.

“I will do everything in my power to make these votes count and ensure that it will never happen again,” Schneiderman said.

Among problems reported Tuesday to city and state authorities were that 125,000 people were removed from the voter rolls and 60,000 people received notices that omitted the primary’s date.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer also has announced an audit of the BOE.

City elections officials couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.

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