City BOE agrees to use modern tech for tallying votes
July 17th, 2012
Unofficial election night results will now be read from portable memory devices at police precincts, rather than off strips of paper, after a unanimous decision by the city’s Board of Elections earlier today.
The results will then be transferred to the New York Police Department, which will give the data to the press.
Elections Commissioner Juan Carlos “J.C.” Polanco said the new election night process will be in place for the September state and local primary elections.
“This is exciting for us. What it’s going to avoid is the element of human error,” he said, adding that the result would be “incredible accuracy.
The current process involves scissors, tape and calculators, and requires BOE staffers to count votes by hand late into the night.
Problems with the current process were highlighted after the June 26 primary, when unofficial election night tallies showed U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel beating his closest challenger by a respectable margin. Rangel’s lead narrowed over the next few days as it became clear that hundreds of votes had potentially gone uncounted because of the byzantine tallying process. (Rangel still won in the end, even after the votes were accounted for.)
The board was roundly criticized in the press for their handling of the election.By Cristian Salazar on July 17, 2012, 6:07 pm
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