An accidental revolution at the Board of Elections

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Briefing: Oddo. (William Alatriste via flickr)
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Whenever there are elections in New York City, there are complaints about the people running them. The lines are too long, the words on the ballots are too small, the names of registered voters are missing.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a particularly vocal critic, has argued that the New York City Board of Elections needs to be turned into a mayoral agency, while the board maintains it is independent from the executive and legislative branches for a reason. (Republican and Democratic party leaders make appointments that are vetted by the City Council).

Now change is coming, but it's not structural, and it's really only happening because of a technicality.

Jimmy Oddo, the Republican leader of City Council, is leading an effort to fill accidentally created vacancies on the board after county party leaders missed a regular deadline for formally renominating the sitting board members.

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The board will essentially be swapping out Republican appointees for other Republican appointees. But "Mr. Oddo is painting his efforts as an unexpected opportunity to reform New York City’s patronage-laden elections system," as Chris Bragg wrote in Crain's.

Oddo told him, "[Maybe] this will give us the ability to put more energetic members on the board and change the system."

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