City officials create unit to scrutinize Board of Elections

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A six-person staff will investigate the Board of Elections. Credit: Getty Images

The Department of Investigations established a unit Wednesday to investigate the city’s Board of Elections.

DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn announced that a six-person staff will look into whether fraud, waste and corruption exist within the Board of Elections.

A report earlier this month accused the agency of overspending more than $2.4 million in city funds, according to the DOE.

The BOE received $84.7 million last fiscal year in city funding.

In November, voters reported confusion and waits as long as an hour and a half to cast a ballot in the presidential election.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has criticized the Board of Elections multiple times in the past, and state senators have called new voting machines “a disaster.”


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