New York City Board of Elections
And even if the B.O.E. did have the money for the election, they are unable to count the votes in time nor have the electronic voting machines reset in time for the runoff two weeks later. "I'm sure that this is going to be a lesson-learned election," said the Deputy Executive Director Dawn Sandow.
The New York City Department of Investigation will get approximately $824,000 to employ six investigators to probe alleged fraud and waste at the New York City Board of Elections.
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.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing early voting in New York State that "is at least one week long, and includes the weekend before a scheduled Election Day," according to an outine of the governor's state of the state speech distributed by his office today.(1)
With a horde of reporters watching, a poll worker at an Upper East Side elementary school was unable to find Mayor Michael Bloomberg's name in the list of registered voters. Then, in violation of election rules, turned over the book to Bloomberg, where he found it himself.(1)
Assemblyman Phil Goldefeder, who vividly described the destruction Hurricane Sandy wrought on his district, laughed when I asked him this morning how Election Day is going.
J.C. Polanco, a Republican board commissioner from the Bronx, said "obviously" for people in "devastated" neighborhoods like in Rockaway and on Staten Island, "the last thing some of the people are thinking about is voting, but we have to have a plan in place."
New Kings Democrats, a progressive group in Brooklyn, is going public with accusations of voter fraud they say they documented during the primaries in New York last week.(3)
The allegation that the staffer had been prevented from casting the ballot was raised by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez before, and during, a contentious hearing last week about the board's performance overseeing the vote and subsequent tally.
Before a contentious City Council hearing last week, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez told reporters that the city Board of Elections mangled the June 26 congressional primary contest so badly that his own staffer couldn't vote with a regular ballot when she went to the polling place that day.
I forwarded de la Rosa's "Notice of Approval" to a BOE spokesperson for comment, and have not yet heard back.
City election officials are warning Albany, now, that they might not be able to count votes in the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary in time for a possible run-off election two weeks later.
The warning follows problems the board of elections had counting the vote from electronic machines in the NY-13 congressional primary, in which the process of hand-counting the numbers from machines somehow led to initial reports that zero votes were cast in dozens of election districts.
In the aftermath of the problem-ridden vote tally following state Sen. Adriano Espaillat's bid to unseat Rep. Charlie Rangel, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today described the Board of Elections as "incompetent" and "worse than the gang that couldn't shoot straight."
Almost 40 minutes after the start of last Tuesday's meeting of the New York City Board of Elections, Juan Carlos Polanco, one of the board's ten commissioners, decided to address what he called the “elephant in the room.”
State Senator Adriano Espaillat conceded his congressional race to Rep. Charlie Rangel today, but he refused to say whether it had been an "honest election."(2)