Preet isn’t even a voter

Mulls run, but didn’t reg­is­ter for yrs.

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY KEN­NETH LOVETT

AL­BANY — If for­mer Man­hat­tan U.S. At­tor­ney Preet Bharara has de­signs on run­ning for state at­tor­ney gen­eral, he might want to reg­is­ter to vote first.

Bharara was purged from the voter rolls ef­fec­tive Jan. 31, 2006, ac­cord­ing to records pro­vided to the Daily News by the state Board of Elec­tions.

He never regis­tered dur­ing his time as U.S. at­tor­ney from 2009 to 2017, when he was fired by Pres­i­dent Trump. Nor did he reg­is­ter af­ter he left the job, ac­cord­ing to records.

State Board of Elec­tions spokes­woman Ch­eryl Couser said there is no pro­vi­sion in law to shield the names from the pub­lic of high-pro­file vot­ers like a pros­e­cu­tor.

“It’s the ul­ti­mate hypocrisy,” said Re­pub­li­can con­sul­tant O’Brien Mur­ray. “He’s try­ing to tell us what to do and he won’t even reg­is­ter to vote.”

Blair Horner, of the New York Pub­lic In­ter­est Re­search Group, ex­pressed sur­prise Bharara is not regis­tered. “We urge all Amer­i­cans and New York­ers to vote, but whether or not he chooses to do it, it’s a free coun­try,” he said.

Bharara could not be reached for com­ment.

On­line records for the Mary­land Board of Elec­tions show that Bharara, while serv­ing as coun­sel to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in D.C., regis­tered to vote in 2006 as a Demo­crat while liv­ing in Bethesda.

But a source close to Bharara said that upon tak­ing over as Man­hat­tan U.S. at­tor­ney, Bharara chose not to reg­is­ter in or­der to main­tain an aura of im­par­tial­ity and non­par­ti­san­ship.

Some­one run­ning for of­fice in New York does not legally have to be regis­tered to vote un­der the law, Couser said.

But if Bharara wants to run on the Demo­cratic or an­other line, he should reg­is­ter for that party be­fore pe­ti­tion­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to get on the bal­lot be­gins June 5, Couser said.

He could also cir­cu­late nom­i­nat­ing pe­ti­tions to run as an in­de­pen­dent, which would not re­quire him to reg­is­ter, Couser said.

Or he could re­main un­reg­is­tered and seek what is known as a Wil­son-Pakula au­tho­riza­tion from a party that al­lows a can­di­date not en­rolled in that party to run on the line.

He also has one other op­tion — Re­form Party Chair­man Cur­tis Sliwa said the group’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee on Thurs­day unan­i­mously rec­om­mended Bharara be nom­i­nated for at­tor­ney gen­eral at the party’s con­ven­tion on Sun­day.

For­mer Man­hat­tan U.S. At­tor­ney Preet Bharara should get him­self a voter regis­tra­tion form, since he’s been off the rolls since 2006.

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