New York Primary Draws Investigations

Apr 27, 2016

The New York state attorney general and the city comptroller launched investigations after allegations of misconduct in the state's democratic primary last week. Hans Hassell, of Cornell College, says given the lack of transparency in the voting process there, he's not surprised.

"Having worked with election returns in the state of New York, they're atrocious compared to most other states. In Iowa, we think of having access to information about results, and it's easy to find and easy to access. That's not at all the case in New York. It's a very difficult process; it's largely opaque."

Even so, a week out, the controversy has largely died down, and Hassell says that makes sense.

"I'm not sure that this is going to make a whole lot of difference, in terms of the outcome. And that's primarily because, again, you're looking at demographics."

Host Emily Woodbury talks with Hassell and Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University on this Politics Day of River to River.