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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

WNYC reporters Azi Paybarah and Bob Hennelly unpack the day's political news.  

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Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah

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Sep. 21 2010 04:02 AM
artista from greenpoint

anne from chelsea 10011 wrote earlier:

"However the third and fourth columns are impossible to understand. At the top of each column it states "choose 12". There were then twelve names listed and then a new row with the words "GROUP" indicating a new section. In this new section were eleven names and then a section for write-ins. I asked four different people if I was supposed to vote for twelve in each section or twelve in the entire column and I got a four different answers. No one was clear and no one could say for sure what I should do. I opted to vote for twelve in total. "

I had the same problem, but i think we were supposed to choose 6, not 12.
No one at the station had any idea what the grorps meant and seemed never to have looked at the ballot before.
Terrible design over all.

Sep. 14 2010 04:08 PM
artista from greenpoint

The last designer interviewed was complaining about the use of paper for balloting.
This is a mistake. The fight for paper ballots was an important one, since the electronic-only balloting systems can be (easily, it seems) hacked, as computer specialists repeatedly have demonstrated, and the paper at least provides a record of YOUR ACTUAL CHOICE, in case there is a question about the electronic results.
I suggest we worry about the excessive of use of paper in other applications, like printing out unnecessary stuff at home and work.

Sep. 14 2010 12:04 PM
Yvonne from Park Slope

This is to strongly disagree with the statements that there was no orientation to the new voting machine.

Go to the website of the NYC Board of Elections which is www.vote.nyc.ny.us - it gives a diagram walk-thru, a video and a list of places to where one might go to actually use one of these machines.

I went to one of the sites listed for yesterday evening where i submitted my votes for ice cream flavors, etc. with a proposition on the back related to ice cream and I could see that the process was very easy, that the print was too small and that the proposition was on the back. The volunteer explained that I should notice the count before I vote and make sure that it goes up by 1 once I have voted.

I did not look beyond this so I do not know what other options may also exist. The list included dates and times both before today and after today and so it is not too late.

I found this BECAUSE I LOOKED!!!!!

Sep. 14 2010 11:30 AM
Barbara from Manhattan

I wish there was a "DO NOT CALL" list for candidates. Sunday I was bombarded with calls from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, both home and cell. Enough already.
Let's not even discuss how many calls my household received yesterday and today already.

Sep. 14 2010 11:24 AM
artista from greenpoint

I call foul on your posting a robocall that one caller happened to find offensive.
We have sunk low if that is the way you use your bully pulpit. Highlighting something as though there were something wrong with it is FOX news tactics, imo, especially if you do not describe ON AIR what the robocall said (but if you do it now, you will be giving this far too much attention.) I expect much better of you, in particular.
A candidate's mentioning he is Jewish is not a hanging offense.
(I intend to vote for Schneiderman, btw, and I don't have anything to do with any campaign. I find Rice too suburban in her concerns, and although she seems to have done a good job defending suburbanites, we need a 'progressive' with a broader, statewide view of AG responsibilities.)

Sep. 14 2010 11:14 AM
Amy from Manhattan

In a segment on the design of the ballots, there was a guest who was involved in their design who said the designers *weren't allowed* to make the font any bigger! What I didn't hear was who made *that* decision & why.

Sep. 14 2010 10:45 AM
Anne from Chelsea 10011

I am 40, a college graduate and I have great vision. I found the paper ballots to be EXTREMELY confusing and difficult to read. The design is very difficult to understand. The ballot we used is broken into 4 columns. The first two are fairly easy to understand and state (in extremely small print) to "choose one" in each column. However the third and fourth columns are impossible to understand. At the top of each column it states "choose 12". There were then twelve names listed and then a new row with the words "GROUP" indicating a new section. In this new section were eleven names and then a section for write-ins. I asked four different people if I was supposed to vote for twelve in each section or twelve in the entire column and I got a four different answers. No one was clear and no one could say for sure what I should do. I opted to vote for twelve in total. I then submitted my ballot into the machine which I found easy to do. I am not sure I voted correctly and I only hope my vote will count. I think this ballot design is VERY unfair to the voters and to the candidates who spent so much time and money on their campaigns. It smells a little fishy. Who designed these ballots? Would be interesting to find out.

Sep. 14 2010 10:35 AM
Amy from Manhattan

With regard to Ruth's call about the Schneiderman robocall, I got a call saying negative things about Rice (but no specifically Jewish content!) & urging me to vote for Schneiderman, but nothing saying that it was from his campaign or that he approved it. So I'm not counting it against him as much I would if it had included that.

Sep. 14 2010 10:24 AM
Mike UES

Went to Heavenly Rest on 89th St. to vote today - wanted to see the new machines. Got there at 6:40, I was the only voter and they weren't ready yet. What a joke!!

Sep. 14 2010 10:23 AM
Monica from Harlem

The scanner I was told to use didn't work. I had to scan it twice and it still didn't work, so evrybody was freaking out that i had voted twice. They made me do another ballot. That one finally scanned correctly. All the while, everybody going over my ballot and leaving it aside to float amongst the staff. What happened to secret ballot?

Sep. 14 2010 10:15 AM
Arthur Aptowitz from Forest Hills

As usual, my site was deserted, except for staff, at 9 AM. When I finallyly voted, 15 minutes later, it took a few seconds. I spent 15 minutes telling the staff that sample ballots should be placed WHERE THEY COULD BE SEEN, NOT BEHIND STAFF AND DESKS. It would also help if they provided MAGNIFYING GLASSES TO READ ANY PART OF THE TINY PRINT ON THE HUGE BALLOT SHEET. I foresee chaos on Election Day in November if there's any kind of turnout.

Sep. 14 2010 10:13 AM
bernie from bklyn

lolly- c'mon, give them a break- they've only had an entire year to get ready for this morning. it's a voting system run by morons. why is there not ONE system for voting at all levels on this country? should be a federal standard and keep the local election officials out of it..
but hey, why bother voting anyway? until they overturn the citizens united case, voting is pointless.

Sep. 14 2010 10:08 AM
susan from NYC

My friend had to fill out his ballot at an open table with a guard looking on. This does not meet the dfinition of secret ballot that is the keystone to fair elections.

Sep. 14 2010 09:51 AM

In Astoria, registering took longer than voting. Only 3 on the ballot - AG, US SEN, US REP.

In & out in less than 5 mins.

Sep. 14 2010 09:33 AM
Lolly McIver

Tried to vote twice this morning, once at 6:30 am, once at 8:30 am. The polling place was closed. They had not been able to set up the machines yet. Address was 339 8th St. in Park Slope.

Sep. 14 2010 09:22 AM

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