Bronx Board of Elections officials say they were overwhelmed and understaffed

The presidential race may be over, but some city leaders are critical of the agency responsible for voting problems on Election Day. Bronx Board of Elections officials admitted they were overwhelmed and understaffed Tuesday.

According to a report by the City Council speaker, of the voters able to place phone calls on the voter hotline, only 8 percent of them were answered with correct information. The Board of Elections Web site was malfunctioning and e-mails were unanswered. The report also shows that the voting machines were malfunctioning and out of date.

The Board of Elections has not had a problem admitting a lot of things went wrong. Officials say they had 55 operators for the hotline, and when the system became overwhelmed the phone company started blocking calls. They also said their website had more than 127,000 hits and couldnt handle the volume. They added that they are waiting for the state to approve new electronic voting machines.

A spokesman at the Board of Elections says officials have started investigating all of the problems and hope to have them all worked out by the next election.

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