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Your New Ballot Stories: Frustration and Confusion at the Polls

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We've been asking you to send in your primary day reports, particularly your experience with the new ballot design. You tell us your stories when you text BALLOT to 30644 and we call you back.

Your reactions so far have been mixed: Some people found the new paper ballots simpler - Jim Petzke said it was as "easy as eating a piece of pie."  We had lots of reports of nearly empty polling stations and people who were "in and out in five minutes."

But many of you reported problems. Organisational issues at the polling stations included missing ballots, broken optical scanners and long lines. Wayne Alan Blood wrote to our Facebook page to say that he had been "unceremoniously turned away" because the ballots never arrived.

There were lots of complaints about the paper ballots themselves. Voters called the print "tiny", and the design confusing and difficult to understand.

But the most outrage was voiced over what many of our listeners felt was a lack of ballot secrecy: Meryl Salvinger said poll workers told her to scan her ballot face up "which seems kind of crazy, with a poll worker standing standing right there, looking at it. I didn't really care, but that could be a problem for some people." Another caller, Greg Hofer, was livid:

"My voting booth was two pieces of manila file folders taped together at the end of the poll workers table. Anyone could have walked behind me and seen how I voted. In the forty years that I have voted, and I have never missed an election, this is the first time I felt exposed ... and I was absolutely appalled."

And it's not just the IAFC crowd that is finding trouble, Mayor Bloomberg has called the voting troubles a "royal screw-up."

Below is a running list of the reports we've received, updated throughout the day...

WNYC has produced a montage of all the problems people had with the new ballot today:


And below are more independent reports--keep 'em coming!

 

Anna Jackson reported that the electronic voice system for visually impaired voters failed to work for her friend, who is blind.

"He wanted to use the electronic voice reader however the polling site did not have the key to use the reader--and we got to the site at around 8 o'clock in the evening so they never received the key. They kept trying to tell him that he could just fill in the card and he's blind so he wasn't able to do that, and then they suggested that someone else fill it in for him, which completely defeated the purpose of making it accessible to everyone."

 

Duane Jackson in Astoria said voting was a pretty easy...but not perfect process.

"It has potential but I think there are still some bugs that need to be worked out."

 

Alicia Davis in Croton-on-Hudson in New York said her voting experience was completely uneventful.

"It went in smoothly, it registered that the vote was recorded and I was certainly comforted that they've got a paper ballot back-up in case they need to recount the votes."

 

Hayden Grant wasn't able to try out the new machines at all, because even though he's a registered Democrat, his name wasn't in the roll book.

"I feel a sense of disenfranchisement. I would have loved to have experienced the new paper ballot which I used but don't have an experience with the machine."


Janet Margins was left a little uneasy by her encounter with the new machines.

"What I didn't care for was I couldn't verify who I voted for at the scanning machines. I kind of knew, but I just wanted to make sure it interpreted my voting correctly."

 

David Manning was astounded by the bad ballot design.

"Anyone who's ever used tables in Microsoft Word could make a better design table than that."

 

Kristin Keefe said without the levers in the booths, the magic was missing for her kids.

"There was no giant lever for them to flip at the end of voting, and I always sort of count on that to inspire them to want to vote and to make it tangible."

 

Manachem Solomon was wistful for the old machines.

"The paper ballot is more difficult to use than the absentee paper ballots--which I actually might go for next time."

 

Carolina in Westchester County said she didn't have any problems with the ballot...but she had a few with the personnel working at the station.

"Some of them were senior citizens and they actually needed more help in reading names and information to give to the voters and that took extra time."

 

Paula Washington in Pamona, New York was the first voter in her polling place this morning, but the scanners didn't work.

"I simply had to leave without knowing if I had been sucessful in casting my ballot."

 

An Unknown Caller who voted at Baruch College said she found it "the simplest thing I've ever done."

"I'm sure there were glitches elsewhere but there didn't seem to be any there, and the person operating the copier was very voluble and knowlegeable."

 

Michael Moore (we don't think this is the filmmaker) said his experience was fairly simple.

"I had an easy time today with the paper ballot, there are only two races in my district."

 

Brianna Fedelli said the scanner was OK but the font was too small and the design was difficult to navigate.

"I'm fairly young, I'm 28, I'm educated, I'm a lawyer, and it was very very confusing to me."

 

Reyanne Hoffman said time will tell if the new system is an improvement on the old.

"I think the whole thing took me three times longer, maybe four times longer than before."

 

David Casaves said the feng shui of his polling place made it difficult to vote secretly.

"The privacy booths were pointed the wrong way. People could look in and the magnifiers didn't work as well. Bring your own glasses."

 

Holly said the poll worker who was "helping" her scan her ballot in Chinatown scanned it with her eyes first.

"When I filled out my ballot and brought it into scan the woman took it from my hand and obviously read it and inserted it for me."

 

Lucy Garnet, who voted on Henry street in Manhattan, reported that the person who handed out the ballots made some fumbles, but otherwise things went smoothly. However, she was a little lonely while exercising her rights within the democratic process.

"Of course, I was the only person voting at the time, it was about 2:30 in the afternoon."

 

Wayne Alan Blood commented on our Facebook page:

I am absolutely LIVID! The New York Primary is a fraudulent joke, but I'm NOT laughing. I was unceremoniously turned away from the polls this morning because the ballots for my district never arrived. They have no idea *when* or *if* they will even show up. And regrettably, I will not have another opportunity to vote t his evening. I'm appalled that there is no contingency plan for such a massive screw-up.


Jim Petzke says "voting was as easy as eating a piece of pie."

 

Jessica Weigmann says she found the voting system easy and smooth, but that the paper ballots showed room for improvement.

"The only thing I would add to clarify the different races would be to - in the box where it says what the race is, maybe to shade that, to have a color scheme or even just grey and white so you have a sense of how many races there were."


Kristen Keith voted at the Columbia voting station. She said everything went smoothly, but even with good eyesight, it was hard to read.

"Otherwise everyone was pretty gracious and things went smoothly."


Larry Greenstein says he was Number 64 at his polling station around 3 pm this afternoon.

"It was really quiet, which I am not sure is a good thing. But I had no problems with the ballot - the machine took it right away."


Michael Resnick in Suffern, NY says he was confused by the ballot.

"I entered the bullet marking in the write-in rather than the printed. But I was able to write the person's name in and I didn't have an overvote, so the scanner accepted it."


Lou Tally agrees that privacy is a huge issue with the new scanner.


"The gentleman who took my voting green card opened my folder, took out my ballot and proceeded to read it. I asked him several times what he was doing, but he didn't speak English."

 

Greg Hofer says that he was appalled at the lack of secrecy and privacy in his vote.

"My voting booth was two pieces of manila file folders taped together at the end of the poll workers table. Anyone could have walked behind me and seen how I voted. In the forty years that I have voted, and I have never missed an election, this is the first time I felt exposed ... and I was absolutely appalled."

 

Laura in Inwood says that at her polling station, poll workers were very concerned about privacy.

"They were careful to give us folders to keep ballots in, we were directed to the standing areas, and very concerned with making sure it was hidden and facedown when the ballot went into the machine."

 

Lauren Lemont said she spent more time with the poll workers, trying to figure out which form to fill out - but called the voting process fairly easy.

"It took me about five minutes to vote and I am happy that there IS a paper ballot."

 

Mary called casting her vote with the new paper ballot "uneventful."

"But I kind of missed the lever to pull -- that sort of sense of really voting."

 

Dave Friedman says that casting his ballot - including using the voting scanner - at P.S.217 in Brooklyn was very easy.

"The only question I had about the ballot was where it said to "circle the oval above or next to the name of your candidate". That could lead to confusion. Do you circle the oval ABOVE your candidate's name, which is voting for another candidate, or the one to the SIDE, which would indeed be voting for the candidate of your choice. The biggest problem I had in voting today was drowning out the sounds of the kids at lunch."

 

Meryl Salvinger says had to do a paper ballot in Brooklyn Heights after her ballot jammed in the scanning machine.

"I put in the scanning machine, and I was told I had to put it in face up - which seems kind of crazy, with a poll worker standing standing right there, looking at it. I didn't really care, but that could be a problem for some people. And then it jammed in the machine and they had no idea what to do about it."

 

Jamie Schwarz in Brooklyn Heights said that the voting was easy there was hardly any line.

"The one complaint is that the text size is way too small. I'm only 32, it was fine for me, but any one with sight problems would have a huge problem. There were magnifying glasses there, but I have a feeling most people are going to miss it."

 

Stephanie was the first voter at her polling place in the Old Mill Basin section of Brooklyn, and reports that poll workers had trouble figuring out the process -- but that once she had a ballot, her voting went quickly:

"The voting personnel did not seem to kind of get it on how to give people the voting cards... I think that the training that the voting personnel get probably needs to be beefed up, because they're not used to scanners and they didn't know where to tell me to put the ballot or whether it was upside-down."

 

Voter Alan Fintz reports from Brooklyn that some of the personnel at the polling place were uncertain about the process, but that the ballot print was much easier to read than he expected:

"I realized after I cast the ballot that the voting machine that is used for most people where you simply put our paper in to be scanned doesn't display on the screen the readout of the results that you put on the ballot."

 

Luke in Park Slope said his experience "didn't instill a lot of trust that the vote was counted."

"I thought I was going to be voting with a computer, but instead I'm handed a piece of paper that I fill out like a form as a kid when I was taking standardized tests. And you walk to a private booth where the pen doesn't totally work and then you have to feed it through a scanner that doesn't give a clear confirmation of who you voted for. It just says your vote was counted."

 

Voter Peter called in after voting on the West Side, on 53rd Street. He says he found it amazingly easy and that it is a step forward for voting in New York.

"I don't understand the complaints people have. Maybe that's older people, people who always vote with mechanical machines. But this was very very easy and I had a good experience this morning."

 

Nicole in Inwood says she started getting frustrated, waiting for 30 minutes in line while the two voting machines were being fixed. Some people were starting to walk out.

"On the other side there was the green card. One of the helpers was asking 'Where's your green card, where's your green card?' There was a gentleman in back who was looking at her like she had five heads. Then she says, 'No, not THAT Green Card, your VOTING green card.' So there is a lot of confusion here."

 

Doug Joachim voted this morning in Midtown West by paper ballot. He said only 15 people had voted at his poll by the time he put in his ballot at 10 AM.

I am a little disenchanted that we still don't get receipts when we vote. There is a little message on the computer after you vote saying 'Thank you for voting!', but there's no receipt... Also, the other issue I had with voting today - information about the judicial nominees was nowhere to be found. I was forced to write in my nominee, which was my four-year-old son, 12 times.

 

Fred Bogin voted at the West Side High School. He complains that the type is way too small and he had to wait in line for the scanner because there was only one.

"I had trouble seeing it and I have decent eye-sight. Anyone with any worse eye-sight will have a lot of trouble. The type is way too small. ... It will be a real mess come the final election in November if they don't have more scanners and if they don't have larger type on the ballots."

 

We've been asking you to send in your primary day reports, particularly your experience with the new ballot design. It's not too late - if you want to submit your story, text BALLOT to 30644. We'll call you back with all the instructions you need. Below is a running list of the reports we've received, updated throughout the day...


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Jody Avirgan, Jim Colgan, Kateri A. Jochum, John Keefe and Sarah Kate Kramer

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Comments [31]

Cleo Stiller from New York

My boss went to vote today. No one told him to flip over the page, and vote on the proposition questions. Perhaps he should have known to do that, but he didn't.
He went up to get it scanned and the whole second side was blank. He asked to have his ballot back. He went all the way up to the local supervisor, who denied him his ballot.
How would he have known there were questions on the back? No one said a word!

Nov. 02 2010 12:31 PM
K Yau from Brooklyn, NY

By the time, I voted at 7:30 p.m. with my two young children in tow, there was absolutely no line.

However there was absolutely no privacy either. The poll worker worker helpfully explained how the ballot and scanner worked, and told me to scan "face up or down. It is no problem." while hoevering over, watching me do it.

And there was absolutely no copy of my vote either (which was something I had read that was advocated as a better computer voting practice). When I suggested that, the poll worker said there was no record of lever voting either. And he was right. With 77 million spent, however, I would have thought we would have bought a little improvement.

Sep. 15 2010 03:00 PM
MB from Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Ditto to the small type. Fine for me but can't imagine it was easy for site impaired or elderly folk.
I strongly recommend the opportunity to confirm one's votes. That shouldn't be difficult given it's a scanner. No different from confirming one's debit card purchase.
A more thorough vetting process of the machines' manufacturers may have eliminated these problems.

Sep. 15 2010 11:49 AM
Emily from Brooklyn, NY

Once I recovered from the shock of the new, it felt fine, except for the size of the print. But the style and size of the magnifying glass (like and 8-1/2x11 sheet of paper) helped.

I didn't feel that I was being watched in any way. The booth had tall enough sides and front to shield me from view unless someone were to walk up behind me or to my side and push me away from the stall he couldn't have seen what I was entering. Noone seemed interested in that.

The worker who helped me enter the data into the machine was very polite and helpful; it did initially feel a little creepy, but that was just the new experience--the woman helping me certainly couldn't have read the data--even if it were larger, how would she have had the time to decipher my little dots?

I didn't feel my privacy was in any way intruded upon.

Sep. 15 2010 11:18 AM
Willow La Vie from Harlem

I was stunned by the use of PAPER (pretty heavy at that) in 2010! Tragic environmental assault!

It was a major struggle (and time waste for me) for the man who gave me the paper to remove it from the pad.

A staff person checked the job I did after I filled in the circles!!!!! And then he actually criticized me for doing a poor job!!!! So much for privacy!! I could not believe that I was voting in America!

And, what genius designed the form? Certainly not someone with any sense of graphic design. It was all jumbled together!

The whole operation was inefficient (I encountered SEVEN different paid staff). It felt like a third world country operation - certainly not a sophisticated 21st century accomplishment. In my view, it was a representation of our country's pitiful decline!

Sep. 15 2010 08:37 AM
Michael Rudelich from Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

I voted in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, and I did not find the new ballot system confusing or in any way difficult. I'm 52 and wear glasses for reading, and had no problem reading the ballot, filling it in, and scanning it. Welcome to the 21st century New York!

Sep. 14 2010 11:20 PM
brad from bed stuy

Although the scanner had to be fed my ballot several times before it would take it, everything else went smoothly (or at least as smoothly as it had gone with the lever machines...the volunteers still swing heavily to the infirm and hard of hearing side). Privacy booths were in use, as were the manila folders, and my ballot was scanned face-down.

The only frustrating aspect was being only the *12th* voter for my district. At 630pm!

Sep. 14 2010 10:35 PM
Sean Hart from Greenpoint

I had a great experience voting at the Senior Center in Greenpoint. I went in around 7:00pm, things moved like clockwork and the poll workers only seemed mildly autistic.

Sep. 14 2010 10:02 PM
ASM from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Voting was quick and easy, BUT...

1. Wow. Small print on the ballot. I did OK, but my eyes are merely middle-aged.

2. As I fed it face up into the optical scanner (as I was instructed), the poll worker watched. Not encouraging in terms of privacy.

A

Sep. 14 2010 08:58 PM
Bobcat

I'm a recent transplant to NY from Minnesota, and although I found this voting experience much less intimidating than confronting the lever machine last election (I have more confidence in a scannable paper ballot than a device that looks like it's been in service since the Taft administration and leaves no paper trail), and I was able to vote without a hitch, the ballot design really needs some work. It's hard to discern which candidates are running for which races, and I can only imagine what a confusing jumble the ballot will be with multiple parties.

Sep. 14 2010 08:46 PM
David from Brooklyn

I'm a big fan of technological improvements and was looking forward to the new system. Now that I've seen it, I'm in shock. How is it possible that this is an improvement? There is no privacy - when I was filling in my ballot, a police officer was behind me and coule have easily looked over my shoulder. My voting location required me to go to one area to complete the ballot and then another area to have it scanned, a system that seems to be extremely negligent of voters' privacy and convenience. The polling place had only one working scanner so, despite extremely light turnout, there was a wait. I can only imagine what would it have been like if we used this system for the last Presidential election. And, when my ballot was scanned, the machine showed an error message, but I was told that my vote got counted and the error only showed up because the ballot paper hit the side of the receptacle after it was scanned. I'm sure that's true, but shouldn't the system work a bit better than that?

I hate to sound nostalgic, but I miss the days of pulling the curtain closed for privacy and simply flipping down the levers. Considering what it cost for this, I'd say we got ripped off.

Sep. 14 2010 08:25 PM
Carol from PS 249, 18 Marlborough Rd Bklyn

I vote at a school in Flatbush. Everything was very well organized and clean and the process was relatively simple. The problem was this: When I asked whether my State Senator had a primary, they said he's not on the ballot I was using but on a ballot at another polling place. But, I was told, I could write his name in under "US Senate". I said that didn't seem right as he is a NYS senator; not a US Senator. But they insisted I could write his name in there, and "the machine will get it". They've been telling people this all day long. YIKES.

Sep. 14 2010 07:35 PM
Isabel from Auburndale, Queens

I expected microscopic print and a confusing listing of the candidates. But the ballot was clear and easy to read. I knew who I was voting for, and I was in and out of there this afternoon in a flash. Filling in the bubbles was no big deal. Filing the ballot was like using a copy machine.

The worst part of this experience was receiving those incessant recorded phone calls the last 3 days.

Sep. 14 2010 06:40 PM
Lorrie from Brooklyn

I did not receive a manila folder until I asked for it and then I ended up just taking one, because the person did not understand my question.
Privacy is an issue

Sep. 14 2010 06:34 PM
Erianthe

from Williamsburg- no problem. Very easy to read and understand from my perspective. Privacy was ok- I felt fine in my booth- and fed my ballot in face down. Of course there was barely anyone there and the workers were just trying to keep it together- I just couldnt imagine them spying. A reciept would be nice- but we never got that before...the stories from the Bronx seem most troubling- that kind of problem might make the privacy more problematic.

Sep. 14 2010 05:50 PM
Francine Brown from Penn South, 8th Av @ 27th St.

VERY EASY AND QUICK. Was concerned about privacy (secret ballot) at scanning machine, but poll worker stepped back so as not to read ballot. Think this concern can be remedied by more training of poll workers. Scanner should have a clear sign saying you can place ballot face up OR face down. Nice turnout where I voted, but then there always is - Penn South, a very politically conscious community.

Sep. 14 2010 05:04 PM
Joan Adler from 108th ED, Brooklyn

I just voted in Sheepshead Bay, 108th ED. I was prepared for chaos but there was NOT ONE PROBLEM. I took my ballot to an area that was set up with quasi-booths. Each had a pen and a magnifying sheet. I then proceeded to the scan machine where someone helped put it through. At each point I asked if there had been problems and the answer was "no" consistently.
I hope this wasn't just beginners luck.
Joan Adler

Sep. 14 2010 04:47 PM
Betty from Norwood section of the Bronx

Voting was relatively easy, however I'm not sold on this new system. I have no way of knowing if my vote was cast. Wish we could get a receipt. My other concern was the layout at the polling station. Voters walk to their respective EDs to sign the book, are given a ballot, and then must walk across the floor to one of the voting cubicles against the opposite wall to register their votes. They then must walk to the the optical scanners located at an adjacent wall. My polling station was relatively quiet with few voters but I wonder what it will be like when activity picks up with more voters. I can only imagine some degree of chaos with voters walking around with ballots in hand, bumping into each other as they attempt to navigate the process. Too many steps, especially for the elderly and disabled.

Sep. 14 2010 04:46 PM
Lauren from Brooklyn

At PS 220 in Brooklyn, the poll workers could not agree on whether ballots must be scanned facing up or down. Meanwhile I'm standing there with my ballot face side up for all to see, while three of them hovered around me.

I miss pulling the lever in privacy.

Sep. 14 2010 04:23 PM
Emily from Armenian Church, 630 2nd Avenue, Manhattan

NO DISCRETION, NO PRIVACY
I experienced no lines and no delays - in fact, I had TOO much help. When I went to deliver my ballot face-up into the scanner, a poll worker stopped me, took my ballot out, looked it over, then placed it in the machine himself! I am sure this was simply an over-eager volunteer trying to help, but workers should not be looking over ballots and placing them for people who have not asked for assistance.

Additionally, feeding the ballot in face-up is concerning as is the lack of privacy provided by the 3-sided "cubicle tables."

Sep. 14 2010 03:50 PM
Sandra Mann from upper west side - 82nd st.

horrific. yup.
4 steps and it took 8 tries to get the ballot zapped.
since it was primary day, there were hardly any voters. i cannot imagine the nightmare for a general election.
and, what as the worse part: the ballot was exposed for anyone to read.
what was wrong w/the levers!
thanks for taking this message.
dr. sandra mann

Sep. 14 2010 03:45 PM
Russell from Booklyn, NY

$77 million to replace the lever machines? What for? I never had a problem with them, and never heard of anyone else having a problem with them. What a waste of money!!!

Sep. 14 2010 03:44 PM
Denise from Brooklyn

I voted this morning at Sterling HS in Ft. Green. The poll workers did not have the correct security code to get the scan machine operating. So I had to submit an affadavit ballot. This is ridiculous! How could they not have something as basic as the code to operate the machine? I am NOT confident that my vote will be counted.

Didn't they subject these new machines to testing before rolling them out? It leaves me utterly astounded.

Sep. 14 2010 03:25 PM
Marc Posnock from Armenian Church, 630 2nd Avenue

I just made a blind deposit to the democratic system...and I don't like it - scanning in my vote without confirming that my selections were accurately recorded. I was shocked and dismayed that this technology lags behind even the most basic atm technical capability. At least there I get a copy of the check just deposited. When I inquired about this lack of confirmation I was given a pat answer to a question I wasn't asking. As I persisted, everyone walked slowly away...uh-oh.

Sep. 14 2010 02:48 PM
Greg

Biggest problems:
1) Ballot design is terrible. It will be a mess at the general because there's no contest delineation and text size is tiny. Search WNYC Ballot Primary for a list of design problems with the new ballots.

2) Rip-out ballots. How many ballots were ruined because the poll workers have to rip them out of a book? We can't just have a stack of them?

3) Too few scanner machines. At my polling place (Green HS on UES), we had to walk through two or three rooms between filling out our ballots and sending them through the scanner. This will be a cause of major frustration during heavy general elections. Plus, poll workers were taking privacy folders away before ballots were inserted into machine, so anyone could see our votes. Proper procedure is to feed the ballots while still inside the manila folder--that's why the ballot is longer than the folder.

Even with these problems (that can and should be fixed before the general), I still prefer paper to levers.

Sep. 14 2010 02:34 PM
Elisak from East Village

No lines, which was a plus. I was given a paper ballot which I filled out, and fed face down into a machine. Once it was in the machine, all the machine said was that my vote had been counted, it didn't confirm that my vote had been correctly counted, however. I thought that was a pretty unfortunate user experience. The computer should absolutely be able to show us exactly who we voted for, (or who it "thought" we voted for.")

Sep. 14 2010 01:42 PM
Lucille Gordon from upper westside

No casting a secret ballot with this equipment. When I tried to place the ballot face down an over eager worker grabbed it and put it face up. The scanner has hair's breadth tolerance. It refused ballot as not inserted far enough and again worker refused to allow me to fix. I doubt he cared how I voted but this is not a good precedence.

Sep. 14 2010 01:28 PM
William from Upper West Side

I had a very unfortunate experience this morning. My polling station had only two optical scanners and they both broke down, so as a line started to ring around the room, the head of the station found a cardboard box and invited us to fold our ballots and stuff them in, which we did.

I hoped I'd never have to witness ballot box stuffing, but under the circumstances, I was kind of grateful for it!

I think there was a general view that folks missed the ritual of the old machines, not to mention their privacy, durability and efficiency. We seemed to have lost ground on all of those counts today.

Sep. 14 2010 01:05 PM
Natalie Burrows from PS 29, Brooklyn

I voted at 10:30 and breezed through at PS 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. However, the poll watchers told me it was a melee from 6-8am ; in part because the school hadn't opened and it was hard to find the responsible party. Then some machines had not arrived and the computer broke down. I guess all was fixed by 8 and then the process worked smoothly. Helpful poll workers to be commended.

Sep. 14 2010 11:39 AM
Lewis Jacobsen from Manhattan

Concerning scanning ballot face up:
The poll worker mentioned by your listener was wrong. The ballot can be scanned either face up or down. I scanned my own ballot face down.

My own precinct at Boricua College at Audubon Terrace was quiet but well organized at 8am. I was the only person voting. Everyone was helpful and well trained. Lots of 'good mornings' and smiles all around.

Sep. 14 2010 10:40 AM
ann morgan

1st one in my ed & #1 to scan. Dispatched to a private booth which kept rolling (they fixed wheels later); while squinting in dim light of school lobby, Supervisor turned on a little lite. Watched about 10 workers as they set up scanners ("oh, here's the code to start them up!"). Now run the test that took over 10 minutes to spit out tape like a cash register. Behind me, Dist. Leader introduced herself & got a text that blind site was not yet open (6:20a). Finally, as my ballot successfully cleared the scan, a cheer went up from them & me. Dashing to the door after 25 minutes total, the nice Supervisor reached out to retrieve the custom-stamped legal file protector. Not bad (at Charles Evans Hughes/Humanities High School, 18th St. in Chelsea). Hope everyone else makes it through. ann

Sep. 14 2010 10:23 AM

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