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The curious case of New York's missing 200,000 votes

Cyril Josh Barker | 4/12/2011, 5:26 p.m.

The BOE would not respond to an AmNews request for comment.

Meanwhile, in the midst of trying to get things in order with the BOE, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Rev. Al Sharpton are looking for new ways for people to simply go to the polls in the first place.

The mayor issued a report this week that ranks New York State last in voter access. Joined by several leaders and lawmakers, the mayor is pushing for reforms to make voting easier. Reforms include creating an early voting period and allowing voters to fill out ballots at home.

"Voter turnout in elections for all levels of government is unacceptably low, and the state's antiquated election laws are part of the problem," said Bloomberg. "Reforms like early voting and extended registration deadlines will help New Yorkers make their voices heard.

Sharpton said that his organization, the National Action Network, supports any effort to make voting more accessible. He said that many people view voting as a stressful task that must fit into a busy schedule.

"These reforms would make a powerful difference in the lives of many citizens who want to participate but have been unable to do so because of restrictive voting rules," he said. "This is an important step in making voting more accessible for all."