The Board of Elections’ failure to process more than 3,500 new-voter registration forms for two months is “more than alarming,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said yesterday as she demanded an explanation from election officials.
Citing a report in The Post about the embarrassing oversight, the speaker ordered a council hearing on the issue on Dec. 17.
A time of “increased voter participation is the very moment when we need to be confident in the board’s ability to carry out its most basic functions,” Quinn and Councilman Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), chair of the Governmental Operations Committee, wrote in a letter to the board.
Valerie Vasquez, the board’s spokeswoman, said the letter would be shared with the agency’s 10 commissioners.
The Post disclosed yesterday that 3,552 registration forms forwarded to the board by the state on Sept. 10 weren’t opened until Nov. 6 – two days after Election Day.
Affected voters had to submit paper ballots, officials said.
Source: NY Post