1:05 pm Oct. 15, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's monumental disdain for the city's dysfunctional Board of Elections may be more powerful than his desire to see his ally, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, elected mayor next year.
The Board of Elections has asked the state to move next year's mayoral primary from September to June, something that would probably benefit Quinn more than her rivals.
According to the board, more time is needed between the primary and general elections to recalibrate its new voting machines, and it wants "to consolidate primaries for state and federal races," according to the Daily News.
But moving the primary to June, and thereby lopping three months off the election calendar as originally configured, would also benefit candidates who are ahead in fund-raising and name recognition, like Quinn.
The rescheduled primary would also take place during budget season, when city legislators might be particularly disinclined to endorse anyone running against Quinn, for fear that she would exact retribution in budget cuts.
The mayor may be tacitly backing Quinn in her run for mayor, as is widely believed, but he's not on board with this.
"The Board of Elections is supposed to accomodate elections that give the maximum ability to the people to decide who their leaders are, not to make their job easier," he said today, at an event in the Bronx. "We traditionally in this country have had primaries reasonably close to the election ... I see no reason why they should move the primary way in advance to accomodate the Board of Elections. And I think the later it is, the more chance candidates have to enter the race, the more chance there is for candidates to build support, raise monies, explain to the public what they would do if they're elected, and that's democracy the way it should be. So I think it would be a terrible idea. And I think that this argument to do it just shows you how badly flawed the Board of Elections is."
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