New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Ben Weiss

Gotham Gazette Many Election Poll Workers are Placed by Party Machines, Some May Influence Votes by Ben Weiss

Many Election Poll Workers are Placed by Party Machines, Some May Influence Votes

For reformers like Ben Kallos, City Council member for Manhattan’s District 5 and chair of the Council’s government operations committee, the problem is simple. “I don’t believe people should get jobs in government because of who they know,” he said in a phone interview.

He urged anyone with allegations of campaigns inserting supporters into poll sites to speak up, including through the city Department of Investigations. “We’re calling upon them to do their civic duty,” he exhorted.