The city’s Board of Elections, which hasn’t demonstrated it can handle local races, faces perhaps its stiffest test on Tuesday when a likely record number of voters hit the polls for the presidential race.
Many city and state officials are skeptical about whether the embattled agency is up to the challenge following the mysterious purge of 126,000 voters from the rolls in April’s presidential primaries.
“I am deeply concerned about whether a patronage-run Board of Elections can run an election properly,” Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) said on Monday.
Kallos, who chairs the council’s Government Operations Committee, added that he left an oversight hearing last month still believing voters are in for long lines and snafus, despite recent efforts to increase the number of poll workers to 36,000 and boost voting technology at the 1,205 poll sites.
Michael Ryan, the agency’s executive director, brushed the criticism aside, telling The Post he and his staff are more than ready for the big day.
As an example, he disclosed that polling places have received 10 percent more ballots than there are registered voters, to ensure that no site runs out.