Just some random things. First – was informed via email that a friend‘s boyfriend went to vote and there were no Republican voting slips.
Just wanted to let everyone know that no voting sheets for Republicans were brought to my boyfriend’s packed polling station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn last night. They were just ‘never brought.’
So he made them produce a makeshift one for him so he could vote. I wonder how widespread this was throughout the boroughs and in other immigrant-heavy precincts.
That’s a “people on the street” view. Surely not typical, right? Well…
…The poll worker who looked up my name handed me a card indicating I was a Democratic primary voter. I said, “No, ma’am, I’m voting in the Republican primary.”
She looked at me with a compassionate smile. “No, this is a Democratic primary,” she said. “I believe the Republican primary is in November .”
“No, ma’am,” I said, “there’s a Republican primary too today.”
“I don’t think so,” she said cheerfully.
“Trust me,” I said. “Look, there are the Republican voter cards.” There were three piles on the table — a pile of green cards for Democrats, a pile of gray cards for Conservative Party voters and a pile of red cards for Republicans.
The Republican pile was still sealed, indicating that I was the first person in Precinct 89 to ask for one. The polls had been open for two hours and 20 minutes. This seemed a remarkable fact, until she informed me that I was voter No. 18 — the 18th person to vote in my precinct, for an average of seven an hour.
After all that was settled, I asked for a Republican ballot. “Oh, we don’t have any of those,” the poll worker said.
“There must be some,” I said.
She turned to one of her colleagues. “Go ask Neil.”
Her colleague immediately took offense. “You’re talking to me the way you talk to him!” she raged, pointing at me.
The first poll worker was unperturbed. “I just said to go ask Neil.”
“I don’t need to ask Neil,” said the second. I was getting a little anxious about the time.
The second poll worker looked through a file cabinet and found a pile of papers wrapped in plastic. “These are them,” she said, and slammed the pile down.
And then there’s this from the WSJ:
The mayor said City Hall received reports of broken and missing scanners, poor customer service and poll sites opening two to four hours late. While other counties across the state experienced similar problems, Mr. Bloomberg suggested the incidents were most severe within the five boroughs.
“It’s completely unacceptable,” said Mr. Bloomberg, referring to the Board of Elections. “There is a total absence of accountability for how the board performed on Election Day—because the board is a remnant of the days when Tammany Hall ran New York.”
Sounds like an unqualified disaster.