Election Modernization Task Force

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About the Task Force

The Mayor's Election Modernization Task Force was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg after the City experienced problems during the November 2004 elections, including the inability of the Board of Elections' telephone system and Internet website to handle the volume of election day inquiries. The Task Force is working in several areas to improve elections in the City:
  1. Has advocated for the recently passed and long-overdue State legislation necessary pursuant to the federal "Help America Vote Act" (HAVA) to allow the State to use almost $220 million in federal funding to replace voting machines and improve elections.

  2. Recommending steps the Board of Elections should undertake to prepare for the introduction of new voting machines in the 2006 elections.

  3. Encouraging ways to improve the Board of Elections' voter assistance telephone systems and Internet website.

  4. Suggesting changes to the operations of the Board of Elections to make it more efficient, including in the recruitment and training of poll workers.
Board of Elections
Voter Assistance Commission