Prior to November Elections, Council Members Say Voting Issues Remain a Concern

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Some elected officials plan to use the coming weeks before the November elections to draw attention to problems at the voting booth.

At a City Hall rally on Thursday, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams said voters in his district had trouble finding where they were supposed to vote during last week’s primaries, while others complained to him about the small font size on the ballot.

“The biggest concern that I heard from those voters is what’s going to happen in November when it comes time for them to vote for president,” Williams said.

But the Board of Elections has a different view. Commissioner J.C. Polanco called Thursday’s event “misguided,” and said the board’s already begun addressing those issues.

“These are things we take very seriously, so when I hear complaints about font size, when I hear complaints about notification and that we should notify, as if none of these things happen, it’s just an unfortunate and misguided attack on the hardworking men and women at the board,” he said.

Polanco said the board is advocating to make the print on the ballots larger, but is bound from making changes to the ballot under current state law. 

He also said the board’s sent out notices to voters about changes in polling places, and also has an app, a phone number, and online resources to guide to help voters who are confused.