Borough president demands changes at polling places

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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN -

Voters and elected officials are still annoyed at the chaos they faced at different polling places across New York City on Election Day.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is demanding a series of fundamental reforms at polling sites. Reported issues include delayed poll site openings, long lines lasting up to two hours, scanners breaking down and not working properly and limited technicians to make the necessary repairs.

Adams is calling for hearings to determine exactly what went wrong, the implementation of early voting and updated voting technology to prevent issues in the future. He wants to expand poll worker training and to pass an early voting bill, among other things.

"This is an embarrassment of the electoral process in this city," says Adams. "It is clearly an indictment on the leadership at the Board of Elections. Failure of vision to fully see how we move this system forward so we can all participate in the process," says Adams.

The borough president and other elected officials say residents left polling sites without voting because they couldn't stay any longer. That's why he and others believe these reforms are necessary to ensure everyone can vote and that all votes count.

City officials say 311 received more than 6,000 election-related calls Tuesday.

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