Board of Elections

The switch-up in poll sites between the two summer primaries could add to voter confusion in a low-turnout election season.
Weeks-long gigs worth as much as $8,250 are getting reserved for campaign supporters and leadership allies — others need not apply.
Following an article that found the Board of Elections failed to enforce a 2019 transparency law, the board sent donors a letter requesting that they comply with the law’s requirements. Thousands did within weeks.
They’re volunteer positions with a history in patronage politics. Today, district leaders influence who can be judges, poll workers and members of each borough’s county committee.
District Leader Anthony Jones says the forged forms were part of a flood of ballot objections ordered by party higher ups.
Two men tell THE CITY they did not sign petition objections submitted to the Board of Elections in their names and linked to a top Kings County Democrats lawyer. “You think we’re a bunch of idiots,” says one targeted office-holder in Brownsville.
Early voting ends this Sunday — Halloween — and Election Day, which is merely the final day to cast a ballot, is next Tuesday, Nov. 2. We’re answering some last-minute questions from readers about ballots.
We broke down the closest City Council races ahead of the general election on Nov. 2 — and mapped who will be on the ballot in your neighborhood.
Seven other candidates will appear on the ballot with the Democrat and Republican, while the influential Working Families Party declined to use its line or endorse anyone. Here’s your guide to the race.
Mark Murphy appears to be far ahead in the Staten Island Democratic primary. But all the rest of the contests across the city likely will hinge on yet-to-be tabulated absentee ballots, ranked-choice figures the Board of Elections released late Friday indicate.
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Eric Adams is ahead by about 15,000 in-person votes after first-ranked choice vote tabulations. But Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley stand to benefit greatly from 125,000 outstanding Democratic absentee ballots, our analysis found.
The troubled agency’s reluctance to collaborate or listen to outside experts began long before staffers screwed up the mayoral primary by neglecting to remove 135,000 test ballots, an examination by THE CITY reveals.
A day after the Board of Elections bungled its initial ranked choice voting tabulations, new numbers showed Eric Adams leading Kathryn Garcia by about 15,000 votes. But 125,000 uncounted absentee ballots could make the difference — and even keep Maya Wiley in the game.
Just over 21,000 votes separate the top two finishers in the Democratic primary to be New York City’s fiscal watchdog — down from 64,000 in an initial count last week. With 125,000 absentee ballots remaining, it’s still too soon to declare a winner.
The snafu that led to the city Board of Elections pulling the tally Tuesday could have been avoided, experts say. Now some worry that the disaster will sully the ranked choice voting system, which supporters say make for fairer elections.
Notoriously inept and consistently opaque, the Board of Elections has long been a source of municipal embarrassment. Critics say it’s a throwback to the days when political parties had total control of New York City’s government.
Crucial tallying platform is at least two weeks away from state approval with early voting set to start June 12. Meanwhile, the city Board of Elections has not committed to releasing detailed local results.
Candidates face a lottery Thursday for ballot positioning — all the more important this year because of crowded races, ranked choice and absentee voting.
Who can request a ballot? What are the deadlines? How do you return the ballot? Good questions. Here’s what you need to know.
Piles of paper ballots must go through a hand count for want of a software system still held up by state officials. How results will be disclosed is also undetermined.