Up and Down at the Board of Elections
October 21st, 2010

The Board of Elections has come in for a lot of criticism from city politicians since the various screw-ups during the September primary.

Now the Brennan Center reveals another gaffe that harkens back to the Palm Beach County butterfly ballot fiasco of 2000.

A sample ballot given to the center by the board (and pictured here) tells New Yorkers to vote for a candidate by filling in “the oval above or next to the name of the candidate.” According to the center, similar instructions will be posted in privacy booths. Actually, though, voters should fill in the box under the name of the candidate. As It’s a Free Country points out, the instructions could leave a voter wanting to cast a ballot for Carl Paladino on the Taxpayers Party line actually voting for the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, whose tax policies differ rather radically from those of Paladino.

In a letter to the attorneys for the city and state, the center asked that “the City Board of Elections take immediate action to correct this mistake to ensure that voters are not confused and that ballots are counted as they were intended to be cast.”

The instructions on the board’s web site simply say voters should “mark their choices on a paper ballot” without saying how. Apparently absentee ballots have the correct instructions indicating the board actually does know up from down — but not how to proofread.

By on October 21, 2010, 12:29 pm
In category: Electoral Politics,Gotham City,Governing | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “Up and Down at the Board of Elections”

  1. Elisha Ostolaza Says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

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