Add basic ethics to long list of the Board of Elections’ failures

If demonstrated incompetence isn’t sufficient to pressure change on the metropolis Board of Elections, how about moral no-no’s?

NY1 caught the board’s government director, Michael Ryan, failing to report 5 journeys paid for by the corporate that makes town’s poll scanners.

Ryan did report 4 different journeys, and blames clerical errors for those he didn’t. He additionally notes that his unpaid service on an advisory board for the corporate, Election Programs & Software program, was cleared by town Battle of Curiosity Board.

(Sigh: The COIB has an extended report of going straightforward on high-level people whereas dropping the hammer on underlings for much less egregious lapses — however that’s one other editorial.)

Observe that Ryan soft-pedaled criticism of ES&S’s DS-200 scanning machines after the chaos on Election Day, which noticed greater than 10,000 scanner complaints recorded, in comparison with simply 2,000 in 2016. As an alternative, he blamed an “untested” two-page poll, plus the day’s excessive humidity, for jamming the machines.

He additionally mentioned it’s previous time to exchange these machines. He would, in fact, have a say in what firm to go to for the brand new ones. Would he favor the agency that’s been giving him freebies?

This flap would possibly endanger Ryan’s job, which nonetheless appeared safe regardless of the November nightmares. Firing him is as much as town’s 10 election commissioners — one Democrat and one Republican from every borough, named by the county occasion chairmen.

In the long run, these political hacks care most about patronage positions on the board — a few of the final such jobs the events nonetheless management. What number of Election Day disasters will it take to pressure reform of this technique?

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