2012-09-28 / Community

Fix Problems Before Election Day

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder recently sent a letter to the New York City Board of Elections requesting an immediate and prompt resolution to the problems created by the recent changes to local districts and polling locations brought on by the 2010 U.S. Census newly redistricted election maps.

“Many residents and seniors throughout Southern Queens and Rockaway are accustomed to a voting routine that has now been dramatically altered,” said Goldfeder. “Primary day caused a lot of chaos and confusion for voters who did not feel that enough was done to properly inform them of the poll site changes that were put into effect.”

In his letter, Goldfeder asked the Board of Elections to examine the actions and procedures regarding training of poll workers and voter notification leading up to primary day. In addition, he requested that residents be provided more notification of any potential changes to their voting locations for the upcoming November general election.

Earlier this month, the Assemblyman joined with his colleagues and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to highlight some of the most egregious concerns raised during primary day, including residents not receiving accurate poll site information in the mail, as well as complaints that poll workers were unable to direct voters to the proper poll site.

“The board of elections needs to assist, encourage and support increased involvement and turnout in every election,” said Goldfeder. “I urge the board to immediately clarify any new polling locations and begin a thorough outreach effort to ensure maximum turnout with minimum confusion during the upcoming general election.”

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