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Getting Out the Vote Before the Primaries

Monday, September 13, 2010

Candidates running in tomorrow's primary have been appearing around New York City today, hunting for last-minute votes. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani stumped in upper Manhattan with Republican Senate candidate David Malpass. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, campaigned for Democrat Reshma Saujani, who's challenging Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

The campaigns have also been making automated phone calls to get out the vote. Upper East Side resident Ellen Key says she's been called too many times. "Over the weekend I got at least 10 or 12," Key said, adding that she wasn't happy about it. "John Liu called me yesterday and today. That I was really not happy about."

Polls open tomorrow starting at 6 a.m. and they close at 9 p.m. Voters will be using new paper ballots and optical scanners instead of the decades-old mechanical voting machines.

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