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Still No Answers From Lee Zeldin’s Election Fraud Scandal


For Immediate Release: September 15, 2022

Still No Answers From Lee Zeldin’s Election Fraud Scandal 

NEW YORK, NY - It’s been more than two months since New Yorkers found out the Zeldin campaign submitted more than 11,000 fraudulent signatures to get on the Independence Party line. The Zeldin campaign has remained eerily silent on the issue of potential ballot fraud even after endorsing the far-right conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was falsely decided.

 

Here is a timeline of Zeldin’s alleged petition fraud that should be top of mind for New Yorkers: 

  • July 14: Times Union reports that the New York State Board of Elections rejected Lee Zeldin’s petition to get on the Independence Party line, citing nearly 13,000 invalid signatures—about 11,000 of which were photocopied duplicates.
     
  • July 28: The New York Times reports that Zeldin’s own campaign manager had signed off on all 47 volumes of petition signatures and that other paid senior campaign staffers had witnessed some of the photocopied pages, directly contradicting the campaign’s claims that the process had been “an entirely grass-roots effort.”
     
  • August 4: NYS Senator Zellnor Myrie calls on Albany County DA David Soares to investigate why and how the photocopied duplicates appeared in the petitions, specifically mentioning Zeldin’s campaign manager and citing a number of possible criminal charges.
     
  • August 15: Reporting from Times Union’s Chris Bragg confirms that the fraudulent signatures were ultimately assembled at the New York Republican headquarters before being submitted. 
     
  • August 15: Reporting from Newsday confirms that the Zeldin campaign paid the far-right extremist group Long Island Loud Majority to help gather their petitions.
     
  • September 8: More reporting from Newsday highlights that nearly half of the photocopied documents came from Zeldin’s backyard in Suffolk County, with a significant number having been witnessed  by top campaign staffers and the leader of another far-right group, the Setauket Patriots, which bussed people to the January 6th capitol riots.

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