The Board of Elections in the City of New York
Response to the New York State Board of ElectionsSubmissions Regarding the June 26, 2012 Federal Primary
The movement of the 2012 Primary for Non-Presidential Federal Offices (Federal Primary) toJune 26, 2012 has introduced a number of operational and technical problems for the Board of
Elections in the City of New York because of the coupling of the Court Order with theredistricting changes to the Congressional Districts and the requirement to complete thePresidential Primary under present district lines. Although these events are approximately twomonths apart, the preparation for Federal Primary and the completion of the Presidential Primaryoverlap considerably. This requires that the Board of Elections in the City of New York maintaintwo voter ED/AD assignments, both operational at the same time.Our present computer and operational systems and procedures do not have the capability toaddress this requirement. Modification to our systems would require significant reprogrammingand resource allocations to program, test and implement the necessary changes. Moreover, wewould have an additional redistricting cycle for the Congressional Districts which would beextremely compressed as we will be sent Assembly/Senate District Lines for total redistrictingwhich we must complete for the 2012 State and Local Office Primary and General Election.Because of the knowledge level required to address our systems this is not a situation whereincreasing manpower or shifting resources would be practical. This work would impact:1.
Our systems and technical support for the Special Election for the 27
Senatorial DistrictKings County on March 20th, the Presidential Primary on April 24th and a potential CityCouncil Special Election in May.2.
A number of important development and implementation programs will be delayed orpossibly deferred into 2013, including NYSVoter Database Changes, MOVE II planningand analysis and the operational support, updates and modifications to our major electionsupport systems including Candidate Processing, Poll Worker, Poll Site/Facilities,Election Equipment and Inventory Management, Election Day Incident Reporting,Election Setup and Election Results and Certification will be impacted.These technical and operational issues are significant and will drastically impact our electionsupport programs.To implement the Court Order two additional servers and systems software are necessary at acost of approximately $75,000. We estimate the need for a core group of six to ten technical staff members for approximately twelve hours per day for ninety days incurring the applicableovertime costs.Based on the foregoing description of the complex technical and resource issues that must beaddressed in order to enable the Board of Elections in the City of New York to comply with theprovisions of the Court’s January 27, 2012 order, the Commissioners of Elections in the City of New York respectfully request that the Court modify the following provisions of the New York