Board of Elections Chief Apologizes for Disastrous Primary Day

On NY1, Michael Scotto covers the apology of the New York Board Of Elections for last week’s election snafus:

“voters lashed out at the Board of Elections one week after it was revealed that 125,000 Brooklyn residents were purged from the voting rolls.

The board routinely removes the names of inactive voters from its rolls, but the agency apparently missed a procedural step in the most recent purge before last week’s presidential primary.

At the board’s first meeting since the primary, commissioners affirmed the suspension of a top official in the Brooklyn office without pay, but decided, for now, to take no action against any other employees.

Executive Director Michael Ryan apologized for the massive foul-up.

“We take that public trust very, very, very seriously,” said Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan. “We run a clean shop here.”

Ryan said his focus was on counting all the paper affidavit ballots — including 37,000 in Brooklyn — before the May 3 deadline to certify the election.”


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