NYC election chief: New ballot machines needed after malfunctions

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City Council speaker Corey Johnson called for Michael Ryan, the executive director of the city's Board of Elections, to step down after widespread ballot scanner breakdowns on Election Day.

Ryan responded Wednesday, saying he doesn't set election process policy, and that if any improvements are to be made, they have to be implemented by the state Board of Elections.

At one point, all ballot scanning machines were not operational at P.S. 81 in Riverdale Tuesday.

Ryan says two-page ballots coupled with high voter turnout resulted in massive paper jams and lines. He says old scanning machines need to be replaced with something more modern and user-friendly.

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz called it a “display of voter suppression.” Ryan called the day “a celebration of voter participation” with close to 2 million people casting their ballots.

“We had twice as many people turn out to vote this year in a governor's race than back in 2016, so I think we should feel proud about that,” says Ryan.

Ryan says the city Board of Elections will review this election process and is open to investigation.

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