NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – While voters complained of the throwback voting machines making a comeback for the primary, others complained about having no machines as well as supplies.
Usually on primary day disenfranchised voters are the ones filling polling sites. On Tuesday, at some locations it was disenfranchised poll workers filling the sites.
“There was nothing!” said Board of Elections coordinator Vivian Bent. “We had nothing to work with,” said Vivian Bent a coordinator with the Board of Elections. For Bent it was the latter at IS 211 in Canarsie. It was there that the troubles began before sunrise, “At 6 a.m. this morning we had no machines, no nothing. No paper to do any affidavit ballot, nothing.”
So why the breakdown?
Bent, who has participated in approximately 10 elections, said that it was all because the BOE was confused about where exactly to go, “The Board of Election didn’t send any machine here, the machines I heard we’re delivered to the wrong school, so at 7:45 a.m. we got the machines.”
Machines weren’t only a problem in Canarsie but also in Kensington. Voters from the 22nd as well as 23rd Districts had to vote via “Emergency Ballot Procedure” as described by one poll worker.
The lever voting machines that were mothballed a few years ago weigh in excess of 800-pounds. They were destroying the flooring of the new library when being moved around. Adding more challenges to the situation, they had no system to get them down the stairs and into the room where poll workers were stationed.
A few miles away in Brooklyn Heights, GOP front-runner Joe Lhota had to vote via a paper ballot.
Meanwhile at other sites it wasn’t the machines that were an issue but election day guidelines.
In Flatlands, PIX 11 News came across DJ Braun, an Eliot Spitzer operative, placing Spitzer propaganda on car windshields steps away from a polling site.
Election rules state campaign workers showcasing campaign collateral must be at least 100 feet away.
After caught with flyers in hand, Braun refused to count steps to the polling site that was a mere 15 yards away.
Things weren’t any better across the river in Manhattan where at the Baruch College voting site Anthony Weiner’s signature could not be located.
In Harlem Bill Thompson workers couldn’t find him in their logs. After a few minutes of searching, Thompson’s name was eventually located and he finally stepped behind the curtain.
As for the BOE?
They were active on twitter thanking voters for their feedback and trying to address the issues the same way a candidate tackles a campaign, one voter at a time.