• According to The New York Times, New York’s Board of Elections created a gigantic loophole when it decided limited liability companies were no different from people when it came to campaign donations. Corporations are limited to political donations of $5,000 a year, but LLCs can donate $60,800 a year to any statewide candidate, just like individuals.  This has led to major donators creating a series of LLCs to donate theoretically unlimited amounts of money to a campaign.  The Board of Elections could simply reverse that decision, but in April 2015, the Board split 2/2 on the issue (2 Republicans voting to keep the loophole v. 2 Democrats voting to end it.) With no way to resolve an even split, the loophole remains.
  • In 1892, New York Governor Pettibone Roswell Flower noted that “the mere fact that election [administrators] are divided equally among the two great parties adds not an iota to the honesty of the elections.”  (Decision 1997: Constitutional Change in New York, Gerald Benjamin and Henrik Dullea (ed.)).
  • “I think we need to professionalize the Board of Elections. Let’s face it: For decades and decades it’s been a strange combination of government sanctioned but party-run,” Mr. de Blasio said. “And it’s time for a more professional approach.” http://observer.com/2016/04/everyone-is-angry-at-the-new-york-city-board-of-elections/
  • “Every presidential election year, it seems as if more fault lines in our antiquated, 19th-century election administration become glaringly obvious. Now we see more communities that are suffering from the kind of soft voter suppression that incompetence creates, that the minority communities and new Americans have been suffering for years.” —  Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause http://observer.com/2016/04/everyone-is-angry-at-the-new-york-city-board-of-elections/
  • New York’s constitutional provision was adopted during the 1890’s, a period of frequent statutory redesign of election administration procedures, as partisan control of state government changed hands, advantaging one party or the other.