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It's a voting precinct that keeps moving

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It’s the case of the wandering voting precinct, and the two local Democratic district leaders keeping a close eye on such irregularities, want it to stop.

Eric Dinowitz and Randi Martos say last week’s election had some voters who normally cast their ballots at Manhattan College’s Kelly Commons building to instead travel a mile away to Henry Hudson Parkway to perform their civic duty at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.

“The new site requires people in the 47th (election district) to either drive over a mile, take public transportation, or walk up a step street and steep hills,” the two said, in a release. “While we assume it was a mistake made downtown, we are requesting that it be rectified here in the Bronx.”

The election district includes those living on the west side of Tibbett Avenue and the east side of Irwin Avenue between West 232nd and West 238th streets.

Dinowitz and Martos want the city’s election commission to fix the error ahead of the presidential primary, set for April 28.

 

Show (people) the (campaign) money

There’s transparency when it comes to people running against people. But what about items on the ballot that are not human, like city charter referendums?

That’s what the New York City Campaign Finance Board is asking the city council to fix after hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent in last week’s election to pass a group of city charter revisions.

Right now, city law doesn’t require financial contributors to such measures to be disclosed publicly online, or even to identify themselves in campaign ads.

In fact, the board says three groups spent more than $1 million pushing the recent charter revisions, with no obvious way to track where that money came from or how it was spent.

“New York City has the country’s strongest disclosure requirements and resources for independent expenditures,” said Amy Loprest, the campaign finance board’s executive director, in a release.

“Unfortunately, when it comes to ballot proposals, our law has a blind spot. We urge the council to take action.”

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