New York Post Powerful NYC Democrat demands Board of Elections overhaul after ‘total collapse’ by Nolan Hicks Bernadette Hogan
Thousands of New Yorkers were forced to go to the polls after not receiving their requested ballots, while thousands of more votes were discarded because the Post Office failed to postmark them or because voters failed to sign the correct portion of a confusingly-designed ballot envelope.
“It is the party chairs for the Democratic and Republican Parties that have filled the Board of Elections with patronage to the point where it can no longer function,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), who sits on the committee that oversees the embattled state-sanctioned agency.
“The party hacks rule and it has to end,” Kallos said. “They think there’s nothing anyone can do about it and it has to end.”
The City Board of Elections claimed that it has an “excellent working relationship” with its state regulators and that the Kellner snub was nothing more than a scheduling conflict.