Council Tests BOE Preparedness Ahead of Election

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More than two million voters are expected to cast ballots in New York City on Election Day – and officials want to make sure the Board of Elections is adequately prepared following criticism of its handling of the June primary.

The City Council’s Committee on Governmental Operations, which oversees the agency, is holding hearings Monday to ensure the BOE is prepared for November 6.

It took two weeks to count and certify results in a heated race that grabbed national headlines between incumbent Congressman Charlie Rangel and four opponents earlier this year.

City Councilwoman Gale Brewer, head of the committee, said she expects a better outcome because of new vote counting procedures and an increased number of poll workers. But other issues will have to be taken up in Albany.

“There is a lot of oversight taking place regarding the board of elections,” Brewer said. “They're certainly making efforts on their own, but the fact of the matter is I don't want people to get discouraged from voting.”