The New York primary has been on the calendar for — how long?
And we’ve all witnessed massively record turnouts in other states for the past 10 or so weeks, right? So one might go out on a limb and assume New York would follow suit.
It certainly stands to reason. And for the past few weeks now, the New York primary has been just about the only thing the media has been talking about.
And yet you might think today’s much-anticipated New York primary caught voting officials by surprise, judging from reports coming in from voters.
Via New York Post:
New York voters battled closed polling stations and broken machines Tuesday morning during the city’s first relevant primary in decades.
At PS 73 in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, residents waiting for the polls to open at 6 a.m. were furious that workers couldn’t access keys to the facility.
“You can’t vote nor cast any type of ballot. They (the keys to the building) are in a locked box and no one has the key,” Torsha Childs wrote on Facebook. “You can’t even get inside the building, you are being turned away at the door way. WOW !!!”
A Board of Elections employee was supposedly on the way, she added.
Voters made the same complaint about shuttered polls at another Brooklyn site, 501 Carlton Ave. not far from the Barclays Center.
One woman claimed she waited more than three hours to vote at a Brownsville polling station at PS 332.
“I have been here since 550 am.. Still cannot vote. Machines are not up and there are no paper ballots,” @LammyGwanBadSuh tweeted.
Another woman fumed on social media after a faulty scanner eliminated her vote.
“Am mad as hell for my vote not being counted b/c scanner would not accept ballot Brooklyn District 30 #NYPrimary #fixit #educatevolunteers,” @heidiko44 tweeted.
When Jonathan Petersen went to vote at Sunset Park’s Marien-Heim senior center polling station on 4th Avenue, he was shocked to see his deceased mother’s name above his.
“All of a sudden, she’s on the voter rolls at my address, where she has never lived,” the shocked 63-year-old said. “I pointed it out to the woman and she wrote deceased next to her name. They didn’t even ask me to prove that she was dead.”
Petersen said his mom, Helen, passed away in 2010 and hadn’t voted in more than a decade.
He did change her address to his following her death to get any mail she might receive, but said he didn’t think that would automatically register her to vote there.
“Is it possible that someone has been voting using her name for a few years?” he wondered.
New York Daily News is reporting similar horror stories, with one voter calling it all a “recipe for disaster.”
Perhaps this shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise; when you have liberals in charge of voting, problems and “irregularities” are bound to arise. Sure, many of those actually staffing the polls are volunteers, but the New York Board of Elections — part of the liberal government — bears responsibility.
It’s shameful that such little care is taken with one of the most critical processes in our republic. Of course, with stories like this, somehow, I have a feeling Republicans will be blamed, even with issues in a liberally-run city and state like New York.
— LammyGwanBadSuh (@LammyGwanBadSuh) April 19, 2016
Regardless of who emerges victorious from today — and the election at large — the myriad problems that keep getting reported across so many primaries should shine a harsh light on problems that need to be fixed to restore the integrity of our voting process.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]