New York City’s Board of Elections chair failed to properly report trips that were paid for by the company that manufactures the city’s vote-scanning machines, according to a report on New York 1.
Michael Ryan serves on an advisory board for the company, Election Systems and Software, the channel reported Monday night, saying the company has reportedly flown him to cities across the country since he started there in 2014.
But Ryan did not properly log the trips with the Conflicts of Interest Board, omitting a number of them on annual disclosure forms, according to NY1.
The board told the station it was merely a clerical error.
The report said that he traveled to a number of cities, including Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale, but only reported that’d he’d gone to Omaha, Nebraska, and Buffalo.
“There was no gambling going on at that,” Ryan told the station about his Las Vegas trip. “It was — I flew out to Nevada on a Wednesday, had a conference on a Thursday, came home on Friday.”
Ryan got approval to serve on the company’s board in 2014, the report said, with the condition that he get the OK from his agency for each trip.
Election Systems and Software came under scrutiny after last month’s election because the ballot counters jammed at a number of poll sites. Ryan blamed high-voter turnout and perforated ballots for the issues.
He was harshly criticized by city council members after the election debacle, with Council Speaker Corey Johnson calling on him to resign and Councilman Ritchie Torres, saying, “It is nothing short of a national embarrassment that a city so great runs its elections so poorly.”
Neither he nor the BOE responded to requests for comment Monday night.
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