Missing Ballots, No-Show Poll Workers: Lawmakers Get An Earful At Election Reform Hearing

Brigid Bergin, WNYC

August 02, 2021

Originally published in Gothamist on July 28, 2021.

New York lawmakers flipped the script at a hearing on election reform and voting rights on Wednesday, shining the light on voters and Election Day workers, to be followed by an interrogation of elections officials in September. The message at the first of a series of State Senate hearings was clear: Board of Elections officials are going to have a lot to answer for.

Members of the Elections Committee heard from more than two dozen people who shared stories of absent poll workers, confusing information from Board of Elections staff, and a sense that voters generally have lost confidence in the current system after a cascade of errors year after year.