October 19, 2010
DiNapoli Report: All NYC Boroughs Reported Voting Problems on Primary Day
DiNapoli Makes Recommendations to Increase Privacy and Decrease Problems for Election Day
The New York City Board of Elections reported voting problems in all five boroughs on primary day ranging from privacy issues to polls opening late, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
"The Board of Elections wasn't ready on Primary Day and some New Yorkers lost the opportunity to exercise their right to vote," DiNapoli said. "There's nothing worse than a democracy that can't hold an election. It's two weeks until Election Day, and it's two weeks for the board to get its act together. The board 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 city Board of Elections found voters encountered numerous problems in voting districts throughout the city during the primary elections. Problems included late poll site openings, privacy concerns, machine malfunctions, difficulty reading ballots and insufficient poll worker training.
The report revealed a number of problems:
To view the report, visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/audits/allaudits/093011/10n6.pdf.