City Council Calls for Volunteers to Log Election Day Voting Issues

By DNAinfo Staff on October 29, 2010 12:18pm

Maloney carries her vote to the scanning machine at the 92nd Street Y during the problem-plagued primary.
Maloney carries her vote to the scanning machine at the 92nd Street Y during the problem-plagued primary.
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By Jill Colvin

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — The City Council is getting in on the exit polling game.

The Council has put out a call for volunteers to help conduct an informal survey of voter experiences on Tuesday, following a primary day by plagued by problems, including late poll site openings and malfunctioning voting machines.

The moves comes a day after the Mayor’s Office announced via Twitter that the city will also be using its 311 hotline and the social networking site to track complaints.

The City Council will ask volunteers to survey 10 people at their local polling sites about their voting experiences to find out how well the City’s Board of Elections was able to address concerns raised at a hearing earlier this month, where the board's ousted executive director insisted that "the [primary] election went OK."

Council spokeswoman Nicole Kolinsky said the volunteers will be joined by Council staffers and others from good government groups.

If you are not intending to campaign at the polls and want to participate, e-mail electiondaysurvey2010@gmail.com with your name, contact information and polling location.


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