Statement from New York City Council Member Ben Kallos Chair of the Committee of Governmental Operations (with oversight over the Board of Elections)

10/11/2016

Statement from New York City Council Member Ben Kallos

Chair of the Committee of Governmental Operations (with oversight over the Board of Elections)


“No identification is required to vote in New York City and State.  Any voter can show up on election day to the correct polling place and cast their vote, with their signature used to verify their identify. Any voter has right to vote wearing whatever clothing they wish as their signature is their sole verification of identity.


New Yorkers have until Friday to register for what may be the most important election in our lifetime.


IDNYC provides one municipal ID for all 8.4 million New Yorkers. Obtaining an IDNYC requires stringent proof of identity, birth date, and residency. No elected or appointed city official should be making baseless accusations of fraud about IDNYC or voting. No elections commissioner should be undermining the very elections they have a duty to run. I look forward to holding a hearing of the committee on Governmental Operations on the upcoming election where we will get answers from the Democratic Elections Commissioner for Manhattan.”


Today, Council Member Kallos made similar remarks at an IDNYC Pop-Up launch event that he sponsored on Roosevelt Island