October 07, 2010
DiNapoli Report: 44 County Boards of Elections Reported Voting Problems on Primary Day
DiNapoli Makes Recommendations to Increase Privacy and Decrease Problems for Election Day
Boards of elections in 44 counties in New York state reported voting problems on primary day that ranged from privacy issues to polls opening late, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The review looked at the state’s 57 counties outside of New York City. DiNapoli said his office is preparing a separate report on the problems encountered by voters in New York City.
“Voting is a fundamental right and paramount to the democratic process,” DiNapoli said. “No one should worry that their privacy will be compromised while voting or that their vote won’t count because of technical difficulties. The state and county boards of elections must guarantee that every vote counts. There’s nothing more vital to our democracy than ensuring no one is disenfranchised.”
DiNapoli’s review of the 57 county boards of elections found reported problems in 44 counties that included a lack of privacy in the voting process, confusing or hard to read layouts of ballots, malfunctioning voting machines and delayed opening of the polls.
Specifically the report revealed:
DiNapoli’s report recommends county boards of elections:
DiNapoli’s report also recommended that state Board of Elections officials review county ballot forms to ensure they are clear and establish a process for collecting problems identified at polling places as well as recording practical solutions. In addition, the report recommended that ballot forms included in state Election Law be updated to reflect the new voting format.
To view the report, visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/swr/2010/countyboardelections.pdf.