Gerald Benjamin: Chaos at Polls on Election Day Caused by Faulty NYS Constitutional Requirement for Bipartisan Board of Elections Says Expert Gerald Benjamin Political Party Patronage at Heart of Board of Elections Dysfunction Which is Set forth in Stat
New Paltz, NY – Joining Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials in calls to fix the continuing chaos at poll sites in New York City and across the state, expert on New York State government Professor Gerald Benjamin of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz, suggests a Constitutional Amendment as the only way to end the historical bi-partisan political party patronage at the heart of long standing problems with the Board of Elections.
“The New York State Constitution is exceptional in that it establishes a bi-partisan board to administer elections,” said Professor Benjamin. “The potential for abuse of the system comes into view with every election, and the process of elections administration can affect the outcomes of individual races or initiatives.”
“All laws [relating to] elections, shall secure equal representation of … two political parties...” according to Article II, §8 of the New York State Constitution, read the whole weird constitutional provision at HTTP://EFFECTIVENY.ORG/ISSUE/ELECTIONS
Professor Benjamin is Co-Founder of EffectiveNY.org, a non-profit effort dedicated to helping educate citizens, activists and the media about the New York State Constitution and how it can best reformed and improved, has helped provide funding for the conference
A detailed explanation is also available below or online at http://effectiveny.org/professors-corner/elections/election-administration-reform-through-constitutional-change