New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed the state’s Board of Elections on Monday for failing to mail out absentee ballots to military and overseas voters from New York City and four additional counties.
“I don’t know whether or not the Board of Elections has failed to send out absentee ballots to the military or anybody else, but if they have failed it really is reprehensible,” Bloomberg told Fox News. “We send our young men and women overseas to fight and to die for us and we don’t care enough to make sure they get the right to exercise their franchise? That’s what they’re over there fighting for as much as anything else.”
FoxNews.com first reported Sunday that New York had not mailed out absentee ballots to all its 320,000 military servicemen and women and overseas voters, in clear violation of the MOVE Act.
As of Monday at noon, the ballots still had not been sent.
“It would not surprise me if the Board of Elections screwed up in this; they certainly did not do a good job the last time,” Bloomberg said. “I’ll do anything I can to help them, but they’ve been given more than adequate monies to make sure that everybody in this city and in this state can vote, can vote privately, can vote for whomever they want, can vote at times that are convenient and accessible to them in places around the state.”
New York City has no jurisdiction or control over the state’s Board of Elections, which is tasked with administering and enforcing elections throughout the state. But Bloomberg offered to help.
“They’ve not done a good enough job yet, but rather than criticize them, maybe it’s time to help them. The trouble is they don’t seem to be willing to take help from other people,” Bloomberg told Fox News. “There are a number of other things that we could do to help them. They don’t seem to want to help, so maybe you should address the next question to them.”
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