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NYC Council to Hold Hearing on Vote Counting Woes

NYC Council to Hold Hearing on Vote Counting Woes

NYC Council to Hold Hearing on Vote Counting Woes Ellen Fitzsimons, flickr

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The council scheduled the hearing for Aug. 8.

The New York City Council has scheduled a hearing into the Board of Elections procedures that led to confusion about the results of last month's Congressional primary.

The board is already examining how it might legally justify changing the procedures, which until now have required the numbers pass through a number of hands on election night, leaving more possibility for human error.

The council announced Thursday the hearing is set for Aug. 8. Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the inaccuracy of early results threaten "the credibility of the democratic process."

J.C. Polanco, one of ten commissioners on the board, says the BOE has received a legal opinion from its state counterpart supporting changing the city's procedure without changing state law.

The city board previously contended that would require legislative action.