As millions of people across New York go to the polls today, voters in several locations are saying the process has been a “disaster” with multiple reports of broken machines and belated polling in Brooklyn and Queens.
From NY Daily News:
Queens resident George Mack said he came to P.S. 52 in Springfield Gardens to vote right at 6 a.m. He, and about 50 other early voters, learned all three machines on site were broken. Volunteers at the school told voters to place their ballots in a slot, and they would all get processed later.
“It’s a recipe for disaster,” said Mack, 55, who voted for Hillary Clinton. “Somebody at the end of the day is gonna feed (the ballots) through a machine? I don’t have confidence in that.” Meanwhile, voters at the Cooper Park Houses in Greenpoint, Brooklyn couldn’t even get close to a machine. More than two hours after polls were supposed to open at 6 a.m., that site was still closed.
“Cooper Park Houses polling site not open yet,” voter Rebecca Keith tweeted. “Good morning disenfranchisement.” A similar snafu happened at the Atlantic Terminal site in Brooklyn, which didn’t open until after 7:30. “They told me the key to the building had not arrived yet,” voter Tara McCauley told the News. “I came back at 7:30 and they had just gotten the key. Upon entering, there were no voting machines.”
A Board of Elections representative arrived around 8, she said, and told voters he had been busy tending to problems at other polls. Voting finally started at Atlantic Terminal around 8:30. “I am sure there are many people who tried to vote and had to leave who will not be able to come back,” she said. The ballot box blusters extended outside the five boroughs too.
William Charpied, of Hempstead, said the first half hour of voting at Hewlett Elementary School was lost because the poll’s chairman hadn’t arrived, and no one else could unlock machines. “I felt disenfranchised and dumbfounded,” Charpied said. “It is difficult to understand how volunteers could be present while the single most important individual, the chairperson, was missing.”
New York City Board of Election executive director Michael Ryan called the mass voting mishaps “absolutely unacceptable.” “You know it’s a big city,” Ryan told the News outside Atlantic Terminal. “I’m not making an excuse for that, I’m just pointing out that like everything else in New York City it’s a very large process.”
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