I've frequently complained to this newspaper about the closure of my nearby polling site at P.S. 164 in Kew Gardens Hills. But now I'm glad that I voted by absentee ballot and avoided a horror show.
That included broken scanning machines, long lines and confusing ballots at many polling sites. The Board of Elections (BOE) must be scrapped and replaced. Here are three suggestions:
• Staff BOE with qualified professionals, not political hacks chosen by borough party leaders and approved by the City Council.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo demand a fully professional BOE. Democrats will control Albany, so there's no excuse for not doing it.
• Throw out the electronic scanning devices, which are a digital disaster, and bring back the mechanical voting machines that I first used when I pulled the lever for JFK in 1960.
They don't break down, can't be hacked and provide total voter secrecy and privacy. The BOE uses scanning equipment dating back to 2010, but newer devices don't work properly, as proven by the need for recounts in Florida and Georgia.
• Simplify the process via early voting, online registration and less-confusing ballots. Put referendum proposals on a separate ballot, not on the other side of the ballot used for selecting candidates.
Kew Gardens Hills