Assemblywoman Millman emphasized the importance of full funding of the NYC Board of Elections, “The Board of Elections simply cannot take on the monumental task of introducing a new voting system to the public without adequate funding. I urge the City to restore all funding to the Board so that poll workers are properly trained and the public has the opportunity to be familiarized with the new optical scan machines well before this fall’s elections. Inadequately funding the Board at this time would negatively impact democracy in our City.”
“The NYC Board of Elections has a host of new responsibilities. For example, many polling sites cannot logistically accommodate the optical scan voting system, so new sites must be located.” Assemblywoman Millman continued, “Additionally, the Board has planned a variety of community outreach events at public libraries, senior centers and other public facilities throughout the City that will necessitate added funding.”
Several officials from the NYC Board of Elections provided testimony – President Julie Dent, Deputy Executive Director George Gonzalez, Secretary Juan Carlos Polanco, Administrative Manager Pamela Green Perkins and General Counsel Steven Richman. Adrienne Kivelson and Kate Duran of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York and Nicholas Zimmitti, President of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1183, also shared their thoughts and concerns about implementing the new system.