The New York Times felt the need to address growing concern over foul play in the Queens District Attorney race.
The article was the second published by the NYT about Melinda Katz’ surprise jump in votes that resulted in her leading the race by just 20 votes.
It marked a dramatic shift in tone from their previous article, which featured a healthy amount of skepticism around 2,000 “disqualified” affidavit ballots.
The article calls concerns over why the ballots were disqualified “conspiracy theories”, attempting to lump a group of frustrated young voters in with the likes of Alex Jones.
It goes on to say the reason for Katz was because of around 3,400 mail-in “absentee” ballots that were counted Wednesday night. The Times openly admits these mail in ballots were primarily from older voters, Katz prime demographic:
Absentee voters tend to skew older — a constituency that likely would have been more familiar and more ideologically aligned with Ms. Katz
The Times first mention of the 2,000 disqualified affidavit ballots is several pages into the article. They admit that many of disqualified votes came from people “newer to the political process”—the weirdest way possible to say “millennials”— confused by a set of arcane voting laws enforced by the state of New York.
It’s possible those rules could have affected many affidavit voters who supported Ms. Cabán, as her supporters tended to be newer to the political process.
There it is: an open admission of agist voting practices. Older voters are allowed to comfortably mail in absentee ballots, while younger voters are forced to comply with a set of complex and confusing voter restrictions.
In the race for #QueensDA, 3,000 older voters were allowed to vote by absentee ballot, while 2,000 of the younger @CabanForQueens voters showed up to the polls for the first time only to have their votes thrown out via technicality. Every voice should be heard!— Agatha Bacelar 🌎 (@AgathaBacelar) July 5, 2019
It’s no wonder New York consistently ranks among the nations lowest in voter turnout.
Instead of confronting the realities of an unjust system, The Times is content to just say “themz the rules”, suggesting questioning the results would be “undermining an important democratic process”.
Online, activists are urging voters to stand their ground and insist their votes be counted.
EVERYONE... please watch for alerts and volunteer needs from @nycDSA @QueensDSA @AmplifyHerNYC and @MaketheRoadAct about how we can continue to help ensure ALL votes are counted fairly. @CabanForQueens is STILL fighting against the machine and we need her! Thank you— Lauren Ashcraft (@VoteAshcraft) July 4, 2019
A donation campaign to ensure all votes are counted is underway.
ALL HANDS ON DECK. We need each of you to please consider donating directly to support @CabanForQueens. 100% of this donation goes directly to her campaign and will fund the recount. It starts TOMORROW! Recounts are expensive and we need your help!https://t.co/wNDgJgCjkb— Shaun King (@shaunking) July 4, 2019