New York City Board of Elections

Administration of Voter Registration and Cancellation Needs Improvement

We examined the procedures used by the New York City Board of Elections to process voter registration applications. We found indications that some of the applications received by the Board may not be processed, as the number of applications recorded as received by the central office did not agree with the number of applications recorded as forwarded to borough offices. At one borough, the number of unaccounted for applications over a 12-month period totaled 4,764. We also found that the applications often were not processed within 21 days, as required by law. We also examined the procedures used by the Board to cancel the registrations of people who have died, been convicted of a felony, or changed their address. We found that the registrations of many such people either were not canceled at all or were not canceled in a timely manner. We recommend a number of improvements in the procedures used by the Board. 96-N-2