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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Primary Postcard: Quiet Polls, Funky Machines?

There's no City Council race here in the 15th District to rally the troops - both challengers to incumbent Councilman Joel Rivera were knocked off the ballot in August - but folks are coming out to vote in the other races, albeit without much enthusiasm.

"I'm just used to voting," said a woman exiting the polls at PS 92 here on the corner of E 179th St. and Crotona Ave. "I think it's important." (We had some shy voters here at PS 92; nobody wanted their names used). Asked if she was excited by any particular race, she laughed.

And that's about the response we got from everyone, including poll workers, who said the turnout so far seemed "extra slow," even for a primary. As of 2:30, about 75 people had voted here.

Adding to the slow day, poll workers said the machines here were down for most of the morning; workers said one candidate (they didn't know who) was left off the ballot, and voters were turned away and told to return later, until the name was added around noon. We put in a call to the Board of Elections to find out what happened; we'll post as soon as we hear back.

Anyone out there hear or experience anything similar?


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