Tuesday, December 07, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn drills into Steve Richman, the lawyer for the NYC Board of Elections yesterday over the voting results reported on Election Day, which turned out to be around 200,000 votes below the official results certified weeks later.
Richman's argument is that the initial, unofficial results are produced by the Associated Press and the NYPD, not the BOE. Quinn argues the initial results need to be more accurate, since that's what everyone responds to.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Michael Bloomberg and allies unveiled a slate of changes to state election laws that they say will make it easier to vote and help boost New York out of 47th place in the nation for the percentage of voter turnout.
Notably, in attendance was the Rev. Al Shaprton, who said the state was in the "dark ages" when it came to rules allowing citizens to vote. Shaprton's support here is important, since his absence from another Bloomberg initiative—the creation of non-partisan elections—helped kill it.
Among the changes the Bloomberg-Sharpton coalition are seeking include offering "no-excuse" absentee ballots, the creation of an early voting period, extending the deadline to register for or switch enrollment in a political party, and allowing ballots to be filled out outside of the polling station where they are deposited.