If city election officials cannot get their act together in November's general election, heads should roll. After the election board's disgraceful performance in the Sept. 13 primary, there had better be plenty of changes -- fast.
What happened on the night of Sept 13, and the following two days, cannot be tolerated. It was a case of horrendous planning, inadequate training and poor execution. There was no valid excuse for shutting down vote-counting operations at 2 a.m., with a number of races hanging in the balance. Nor was there a decent reason for delays that stretched on and on in the following days as more snafus stalled the unofficial count.
Barbara E. Jackson, who runs the election board, says she didn't have enough staff, election judges were poorly trained and there were problems adjusting to a new computer system. Yet Ms. Jackson could have -- and should have -- anticipated all these difficulties.