Mayor Bloomberg Says Somebody Else Saw His Ballot

Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not have the ideal voting experience last Tuesday.

Somebody saw whom he voted for.

Mr. Bloomberg, a longtime critic of the city’s Board of Elections, today railed against the switch from levered voting machines–which shield voters with a curtain–to the new scanner machines, which were used last Tuesday and allegedly allowed a Board of Elections staffer to see his vote.

“When I went–and I assume it’s true every place–you get your ballot in a folder,” the mayor recalled this afternoon, fielding questions at a press conference touting his administration’s outer-borough taxi program. “You get in a booth where people could look over your shoulder but they’d have to work at it little bit.”

“You then go and you have to stick it into a scanner–where in my case where there was somebody watching to see who I voted for,” he continued. “And everybody I know says exactly the same thing.”

“The days of the secret ballot with this system are over,” he further lamented. “It is a disgrace. Everybody should understand: When they vote, everybody’s going to know who they voted for.”

Nevertheless, asked if he would reveal his own vote to the public, Mr. Bloomberg replied, “No.”

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