YONKERS, NY — June 20, 2020 — Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Yesterday, on Juneteenth, I witnessed an injustice here in the City of Yonkers. From 12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m., numerous people participated in a solidarity march to commemorate the end of slavery. However, later that evening, while I was canvassing for my judicial campaign, in apartment building 220 Yonkers Avenue, I saw two individuals knocking on the apartment doors on the 10th floor. I thought they were also canvassing; however, they were not. Once I realized what was occurring, I began to record one of their conversations on my phone.
Based on the totality of what I overheard, they were representatives of the Yonkers Democratic Party. One individual stated that she is running to be a district leader, and the other individual is on the ballot to be a (presidential) delegate. In the beginning of the conversation, one of the individuals identified herself to the voter. It was clear they were familiar with each other. The voter asked if she had to immediately complete the absentee ballot, and their response was, “Yes!” I stood in the hallway and watched them witness the voter completing her absentee ballot. Once the ballot was completed, they took it from her and walked away.
The video recording captured additional portions of their conversation which I find to be troubling. Furthermore, I recorded my conversation with the two individuals afterwards. One of them stated that they “went around giving people applications” and they were in possession of absentee ballots, which they picked up for the individuals in the building.
The conduct I witnessed was a violation of the Constitution of the State of New York. I have filed a formal complaint with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and I have preserved the recording to be submitted when requested. I urge any resident of Yonkers, specifically, residents of 220 Yonkers Avenue, that have experienced any form of voter intimidation or suppression to step forward, and to file a complaint with the New York State Attorney General’s Office.