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Primary Election Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Today is primary day for eligible Republicans and Democrats. While voter turnout is expected to be light, civil rights advocates say voters who do go to the polls shouldn't be discouraged by snafus at their polling sites. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The most common complaint from voters is that their names aren't on the rolls and they get turned away. But Donna Lieberman with the New York Civil Liberties Union says there is no reason for this to happen

LIEBERMAN: If you name does not appear on the voting rolls when you go to the polls you have the right to vote anyway. All you have to do is ask the poll worker for an affidavit ballot - it is a paper ballot - or you can go to court and ask a judge.

REPORTER: She says voters should check their voter status online at the New York State Board of Elections web site. And they will should bring identification if they've registered by mail and today is their first election. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.

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