More bucks for better ballots?
Head of task force says
city's 2006 elections 'could be more chaotic than
BY WILLIAM MURPHY
City officials called on the State Legislature yesterday to pass legislation that would free up $220 million in federal funding to help modernize the city's election system.
Assembly-Senate legislative conference met Monday in
Counsel Michael Cardozo, head of a mayoral task
force, held a news conference on the steps of City Hall yesterday to urge
the State Legislature does not act within a month,
equally significant, the
Mayor Michael Bloomberg later issued a statement agreeing with the task force, which he appointed Feb. 8 after complaints about Election Day last year, which was marked by long lines at polling places, broken machines, a crashed Board of Elections computer, confusion about voter-identification procedures and other problems.
The task force statement yesterday referred to those problems as "voting anomalies."
Cardozo nor Bloomberg would comment directly on the
political issues that
"That's putting the cart before the horse," former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., a member of the task force, said in response to questions. "This is not a political issue. We should be about good government, not good politics," he said.
However, neither the Republican nor Democratic parties have shown any inclination to give up control of the highly politicized election process at both the state and city levels.
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