My two-year effort to reform the operation of the city and state Boards of Election is gaining some steam due to the closeness of the congressional race in NY-13 (Harlem/NW Bronx). Some oppose my idea of transforming the city BOE into a mayoral agency because it would lose it’s impartiality. That’s an outdated red herring because no one can claim that as a mayoral agency the City Department of Investigation has been used to go after the “enemies” of a mayor. Elections should be non-partisan operations with a dedicated budget line. I favor not only retaining the ten-member Board of Election as a referee for election law matters but expanding it to include at-large representatives from the WFP, Independence and Conservative parties. Such a set-up would end deadlocks on policy decisions.
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Rep. Charlie Rangel’s lead over challenger state Sen. Adriano Espaillat increased slightly as the Board of Elections began counting absentee and and affadavit ballots yesterday. A number of counting errors have made the race much close than reported on election night. The Board of Election has come under increased scrutiny following this and other recent counting scandals. [Gotham Gazette]
Former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, who was once deputy chief clerk at the Bronx Board of Elections, advocates reform of the city’s system – including giving control of the boards to the mayor. [State of Politics]
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