Millman’s Bill to Improve Election Process Becomes Law

This in from Assembly Member Joan Millman’s office:

Last week, the Governor signed into law a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman. The bill, A. 8692 (in the Senate, S. 5447), gives local boards of election the authority to ensure poll sites have an adequate amount of voting machines, poll workers, and other resources. As the new voting machines can tabulate multiple official ballots and print out separate and distinct election totals, this law allows individual boards of election to create, consolidate, divide or alter election districts as needed. The law requires any such adjustment must provide sufficient resources for the poll site, based on the number of registered voters.

Ms. Millman noted that the introduction of the new, electronic voting machines, used for the first time in the primary elections this month, made this reform “especially relevant”. “While there were reports of some problems on election day,” she said, “I am confident these problems can be solved.” She will testify concerning the implementation of the new machines on October 4 before the City Council’s Committee on Governmental Operations.

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