The New York State Board of Elections has a rule stating that no voter should have to wait in line for more than 30 minutes on election day, and that polling places are required to have enough staff to prevent that from happening. And with the long lines New York City saw last month, the city Board of Elections was in clear violation. “Frankly, the city board failed in complying,” said Doug Kellner, a spokesman for the state board.
Election day came just a week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, and election officials were forced to quickly relocate 61 polling places in the wake of the storm. According, to Kellner, however, the city election board should still be taken to task, as city workers placed outsized emphasis on older, outdated rules. “Yet on this very important regulation, the steps to address a very high turnout on the presidential election (were) a failure,” he said.
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