An election watchdog believes the boards of elections in New York have acted in an "appropriate, measured way" to ensure proper counting of primary ballots. "It takes time to get it right,"Susan Lerner of Common Cause New York said. (July 23)
SUSAN LERNER: A switch from almost no absentee ballots to approximately 50% absentee ballots in-- with two months notice really strains the system. And I think that the boards of elections have proceeded in a appropriate, measured way to be sure that they are properly counting all the ballots.
Nothing went wrong in the state. What's happening is that the system is adjusting to a huge increase in absentee ballots. New York state appropriately made absentee balloting available during the pandemic. A lot of voters took advantage of having the choice to vote absentee. And it's just taking more time to get the ballots in and to count them. I think certainly the experience that we've had around the June primary helps the state prepare.
We're expecting that the legislature is going to pass a bill today that would expand absentee voting for the November election just the same way it was expanded for the June election. And that will give our boards of elections more time to prepare for November. We're going to have to adjust our expectations. We're going to have preliminary but not final results on Election Day. It takes time to get it right, and we should take that time.