by Gwynne Hogan in News on Nov 8, 2018 12:11 pm (Jenn Hsu / Gothamist / WNYC) As New York City’s Board of Elections braced for what they thought might be presidential-year turnout for Tuesday’s midterm election, they greenlit the purchase of extra ballots and more poll workers to staff sites across the city. But despite the fact that for the first time ever they would have a two-page ballot—meaning the scanning machines would be doing twice the work for each voter outside of Staten Island—the BOE only upped the number of scanners by 459, or 12 percent, according to a review of the Board’s annual report and a rundown of equipment deployed on Tuesday. The two-page ballot and the ensuing scanner shortage were the leading factors in a cascading series of Election Day problems, which were exacerbated by the perforated ballots; New York’s archaic state laws; and the rainy, humid weather, which caused some ballots to swell in a way that caused widespread scanner jamming problems, according to the BOE. Taken altogether, the problems resulted in an epic logjam at the polling places across the city, the likes of which many New Yorkers said they’d never seen before. “What… Read full this story
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