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November 20, 2018

As historic election begins, scattered problems spread at city voting sites

November 6, 2018
A voter casts his ballot in the midterm election at the East Midwood Jewish Center polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on Nov. 6, 2018. (Angela Weiss / Getty Images)

As a historic election day kicks off, scattered polling site problems spread across the city Tuesday.

“Multiple machines are broken at PS 705 Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School, for the second election in a row,” Stefan Ringel, spokesman for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wrote on Twitter. “What gives, @BOENYC?! Thankfully, my neighbors are resilient. A long line to vote is encouraging in 2018.”




At PS 56 in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, just one scanning machine was functioning, reported Zaheer Bowen, a City Limits reporter.

“Polling machines- only three of which work at PS 9 in Brooklyn is causing a huge backup.,” a voter named At Cathy D’Amato tweeted.

At the Breukelen Houses community center in Canarsie, Brooklyn, the polling spot opened two hours late, the city Board of Elections acknowledged. The agency blamed key-card issues with NYCHA.

“@BOENYC I just go to the polls that was suppose to be open 2 hours ago and they just opened up. WTF!!! THIS IS HOW YOU DISCOURAGE VOTING,” Malik Shakur tweeted from that site.

At another polling site, ABC-7 reported that “The polling workers stated that they do not have the key to open the doors and now we have to wait til 7 to vote. The voting booth was supposed to be open at 6 a.m.” Firefighters had to open the doors of the polling place, according to video posted by ABC.

On the Upper West Side, Beth Greenberg, 63, a retired nurse voting at PS 75, said she voted for the Democrat slate.

“Our country is in shambles right now and it’s not going to change unless we vote, vote, vote,” Greenberg said. “Our healthcare is at stake, our rights are at stake. New York is kind of a foregone conclusion but it’s encouraging to see so many people out. I think they should’ve gotten a bigger space than the cafeteria because it’s pretty packed in there and the lines are confusing.”

The stakes are high: even though President Trump is not on the ballot, the election is widely considered a referendum on his controversial tenure. Predictions suggested the Democratic party could take the House of Representatives by days end.

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