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New York City's Messy Elections (v.2013)

Monday, September 16, 2013

New York City's 50-year-old lever operated voting machines being used in the 2013 primary election. New York City's 50-year-old lever operated voting machines being used in the 2013 primary election. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Bill Thompson has scheduled an 11am press conference today, at which he is expected to withdraw from the mayoral raceBrigid Bergin, WNYC politics reporter, discusses the breaking news. And Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, discuss why the vote count has been so problematic, why turnout is so low, and what to do about it.

Guests:

Brigid Bergin and Dick Dadey

Comments [14]

meh

I'm voting for Independent Noach in 2016.

Sep. 18 2013 01:50 AM

Regarding the non-partisan and instant run-off ideas, I must add that the write-in option must be made clearer and easier.

Something like a box to check with the text, "I wish to vote for a candidate not on the ballot..."

Sep. 17 2013 01:16 AM

I think Thompson should have remained defiant. Conceding before all the votes have been counted sends a message to many voters that their votes didn't really count.

The non-partisan and instant run-off ideas sound promising. Worth serious consideration.
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Jack Hidary and Adolfo Carrion may be /third-party/ candidates but they cannot reasonably be considered "independent", as Mr. Lehrer described them. (If nothing else, both Hidary as well as Carrion appear, by all indications, to be completely in with the "LGTBQ"- buggery-trans-gender-quackery and abortion agendas. That alone would make them /anything-but/ independent. But there is more.
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Edward from Wash./Hudson Hts.'s post reminds me of the overtures to the "Very Right Rev." Sharpton that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made during the 2010 campaign.

Sep. 17 2013 12:47 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Anybody but Al (Twana Brawley) Sharptons man, Bill DeBlasio.

Sep. 16 2013 11:23 AM

Christine from Westchester wrote,

"If you can do online banking securely, you should be able to vote that way. We register autos, input medical info etc all on line. Why not update votin? "

Do you have any idea how many serious breaches of the most sensitive data all of the areas you cite have seen?

The Internet is inherently insecure.

"The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards - and even then I have my doubts."
~ Gene Spafford
http://spaf.cerias.purdue.edu/quotes.html

Sep. 16 2013 10:31 AM

"why turnout is so low, and what to do about it."

"sudden and artificially induced increase in voter turnout would only mean an increase in the number of ill-informed, poorly thought out and just plain stupid votes. To be blunt, most of the people who don't vote, shouldn't vote."
~ Ross Douthat from a column he wrote for The Harvard Crimson in 2000

I find nothing unreasonable in this quote that Mark Oppenheimer, in his Mother Jones piece on Douthat, cites as an example of, "ill-considered writings by campus politicos".

('Ross Douthat's Fantasy World',
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/01/ross-douthat-new-york-times-conservatism )

Sep. 16 2013 10:22 AM
Bob from Westchester, NY

I believe nonpartisan voting has been implemented in California. Could you ask Mr. Dadey what the experience there has been?

Sep. 16 2013 10:20 AM
chris from southside

Here's a crazy question. Now that Thompson is out, apparently, if deBlasio comes out less than 40 percent, does that open the door for the THIRD Place finisher to have a runoff?

Sep. 16 2013 10:18 AM
Roberta from Brooklyn

Why didn't they start counting the paper ballots on Wednesday, or maybe Thursday to give the Board of Elections workers a day off?

Sep. 16 2013 10:17 AM
lk from Brooklyn

So NYC is spending $10 million for a run off vote for Public Advocate where 5% of the people will vote? Squadron should be pressured to drop out since Tish James got the highest number of votes and save the City the money that could be better spent in so many other places.

Sep. 16 2013 10:15 AM
paul from Glen Cove

If absentee ballots are cast before the election day, why aren't they counted first?

Sep. 16 2013 10:14 AM
Christine from Westchester

Not just early voting and absentee ballots, I think NY should lead in online voting. If you can do online banking securely, you should be able to vote that way. We register autos, input medical info etc all on line. Why not update votin?

Sep. 16 2013 10:13 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I didn't vote for Bill Thompson, but I think all the votes found to be legitimate should be counted. The people who cast these ballots had to make an extra effort to vote, & they deserve to have their votes included in the count.

Sep. 16 2013 10:09 AM
Lenore from Manhattan

A statewide issue--early voting!! who is working for this? Is it an issue in the legislature? Why don't we have it now?

It's time for early voting! I also like the idea of instant run-offs or preference voting.

Sep. 16 2013 10:08 AM

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