As many as 143,000 New York City voters will have to find new places to vote other than their regular polling locations on Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday, declaring that local elections officials are having "real problems" coping with disruptions caused by superstorm Sandy.
The New York Board of Elections has been scrambling to find alternate sites for balloting with only two days remaining before the presidential election. The board plans to set up a series of voting "supersites" to accommodate voters from precincts hardest hit by the destruction caused by Sandy, which swept through the area on Monday night.
"They have real problems and we've got to make sure that everybody can vote," Bloomberg said. "Over the next day, it's going to be critical that the Board of Elections communicate this to their poll workers."
The mayor lambasted the board for what he called a poor history of communicating to its workers and its own members.
The fact that the board has been unable to appoint a new executive director for the last two years is one sign of "just how dysfunctional it is," Bloomberg said.