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Calls to Reform Election Board
After an election day marred by failing voting machines, ballot shortages, packed polling places, confusion over where to vote and officials turning away voters a number of city officials are calling for a major revamp of the City Board of Election. The process would not be simple as the current system is part of state law. Currently the City BOE is run by both political parties. Changing that would likely require action from Albany and possibly a constitutional amendment. â€śI think the real answer here is: We should reform this system,â€ť Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the New York Times. â€śIt should not be two parties and county leaders picking their buddies to supervise the basis of our citizenship. We donâ€™t have a system for the 21st century. Itâ€™s just a disgrace.â€ť Who should actually control the BOE is subject of much debate.
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