Bloomberg on the Board of Elections: ‘There’s no reason to have a system like we have’

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Bloomberg on Wednesday. (via NYC.gov)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks the Board of Elections is very badly run, and yesterday's presidential elections did nothing to convince him otherwise.

"There's no reason to have a system like we have, administered like we have it," the mayor told reporters at City Hall on Wednesday.

Yesterday's elections in New York City were chaotic, and not just because of the hurricane that preceded it. The Board of Elections, whose commissioners are selected by party leaders, has a reputation for incompetence, which the mayor regularly reinforces.

"It should not be two parties and county leaders picking their buddies to supervise the basis of our citizenship, the ability to pick your leaders," he said.

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A reporter pointed out that the mayor has been saying similar things for a while now.

"Maybe we've gotten to the …breaking point," suggested the mayor, before launching into another critique, this one of the board's request to move next year's mayoral primary from September to June on the grounds that it needs more time to figure out its new voting machines.

"They want to change the whole dynamics of how we pick our leaders just to accomodate their schedules," said Bloomberg. "That is about as bad an idea ... It is such a distortion of what our values are. I can't think of anything more ridiculous."