July 3, 2012Maria R. GuastellaPresidentNew York City Board of Elections32 Broadway, 7th FloorNew York, NY 10004-1609Dear Ms. Guastella:I write to you as Public Advocate for the City of New York and as a member of the VoterAssistance Advisory Committee with concerns about the administration of the recent June 26,2012 primary elections. I am disturbed by reports that may point to a larger set of electionadministration issues in our city. In particular, I am concerned by the election night vote tallyingprocess in which only hand-written canvas sheets, prepared by poll workers and then reportedto the New York City Police Department, are used for totaling election night vote returns,instead of using vote count print-outs directly from precinct voting machines.I hereby request detailed responses to the following questions.1.) Given the advent of new voting machines, what is the rationale for our election nightprocess of manual writing, counting, and delivery? What adjustments is the Board exploring toremedy the delays and inaccuracies experienced in recent elections that have arisen as a resultof this election night process?2.) What number of ballots remained to be counted by Friday, June 29, 2012 in the NY-13Congressional District?3.) Does the Board anticipate any difficulty meeting the legal deadlines for reporting a final,certified vote count?4.) What is the BOE's process for ensuring media observers are allowed to monitor post-election vote tallying and vote recounts? Is there a procedure for members of the publicunaffiliated with any campaign to observe the count? Has that process been followed sinceJune 26, 2012 in the NY-13 Congressional District?