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Voting Around: Regional Round-Up

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Lawrence Levy, executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University talks about the Long Island races, and Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, is watching four key races in New Jersey.  Then Brian Mann, reporter and Adirondack bureau chief for North Country Public Radio reports from the New York State perspective, and John Dankowsky, news director at WNPR and host of Where We Live, discusses Connecticut.   

Guests:

John Dankowsky, Mike Kelly, Lawrence Levy and Brian Mann

Comments [14]

Amy from Manhattan

Out of towner, I appreciate the advice. However, it took an undue amount of effort to find anything useful on the NY bar ass'n. site. The site is confusing, and the ratings pages were hard to match up to the candidate lists. If my schedule were as busy this week as it was last week, I couldn't have taken the time to follow all the links to find the few helpful ones. Still, the lack of available info on judicial candidates is something that's frustrated me for a long time; I'd like to find more specific info, but I'm glad to have *anything* to go on.

Nov. 02 2010 02:42 PM
William from Manhattan

The caller who voted for Paladino said it perfectly, if malapropriately: "He doesn't sound as bad as he is." There's no better characterization of the tea party favorites.

Nov. 02 2010 12:13 PM
McMahon

FROM GAWKER:

[[Last night's WWE Monday Night Raw included a vignette in which pro-wrestling don Vince McMahon awoke from a coma to discover his wife had wasted $50 million on a Senate campaign. It's funny because it's true!

With the aid of a doctor played by Freddie Prinze Jr., a bedridden McMahon tears the IV tube from his arm and gapes in horror that wife Linda McMahon is the GOP's Connecticut Senate candidate.]]

Nov. 02 2010 11:56 AM

What a shame that black and latino voters have been sold on the idea that not voting is somehow a statement. Until they start voting in greater numbers, their issues will never be taken seriously and they will continue to be marginalized. It's a vicious circle but it needs to be broken.

Nov. 02 2010 11:49 AM
Edward from NJ

It seems like a lot of the guests are really trying hard to find local Democrats in close races. Rush Holt and Carolyn McCarthy both look pretty safe. If they do somehow lose, then yes Republicans will be having a *very* good night.

Nov. 02 2010 11:49 AM
Amy from Manhattan

A caller said there wasn't a way to write in a vote on the ballot questions. There's no oval to fill in to say you're writing in a vote, but you can still write "No term limits" (as I plan to) or something else for either ballot question on your paper ballot.

Nov. 02 2010 11:48 AM
Diana from the Bronx from Bronx

On the difficulty of reading the ballot: NY State election law mandates a full-face ballot for candidate races (questions can be on the back) which I think was intended to be fair, so that no candidates or races would be relegated to the back or to a second page. The size of the ballot is mandated by the design of the new optical scan machines. When the machines that we had to choose from were demonstrated late last year, we all saw that the ballots would be difficult to read, no matter how well they were designed. And the elections commissioners actually discussed this issue at open, public meetings. People, that was your chance - albeit a fleeting one - to do something about this issue. Whether touch screen or optical scan, e-voting machines are a scam on voters and we never should have given up the lever machines.

Nov. 02 2010 11:47 AM
Scott from Brooklyn

I voted at PS 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and the Bd of Elections staff at my table were telling voters that they only had to fill in the front. It wasn't until I corrected them about voting at both sides, that they realized it was a two sided ballot!

Scott

PS I voted WFP Row E all the way -- send Cuomo a message about true working class and middle class values.

Nov. 02 2010 11:41 AM
Steve from Flatbush

This site is down: http://nymap.elections.state.ny.us/nysboe/

Hooray for New York; the server is overloaded. This is another example of how pathetic this state is, in pretty much every way. Moribund and useless.

Nov. 02 2010 11:36 AM
Out of towner

I urge everyone to take a few minutes to learn which JUDGES should not be retained. A bad judge can ruin many lives in a few short years on the bench. Go to your state bar association website and find out which judges should NOT be retained.

Nov. 02 2010 11:32 AM
Caitlin

Anyone know anything Maximo Gomez Nacer? He's running for the 13th district seat in NJ with the "gravity buoyancy solution" which seams to be some sort of perpetual motion machine he's in the process of inventing. If he can defy the laws of physics, fixing the economy should be a snap!

Nov. 02 2010 10:58 AM
Josh from Raritan Valley Line

I'm voting for any NJ candidate who supports/ed the ARC NJ-NY tunnel.

It's a basic infrastructure that needs to get done, and shaving 20-40 minutes off the Raritan Vallley Train line (bringing the commute to 35-40 minutes to midtown Manhattan -- the same as it was when built in 1857!) would double property values overnight in places like Plainfield, Dunellen, even Westfield.

Currently once commuters realize that the NJ Transit Train schedule is really just their wish list, they move. Usually, they are just the people you'd want to stay (and have the time to coach, etc., have time to get involved w their community -- what they had in mind when they left the city and moved to an interesting, diverse town).

For me the tunnel issue is the common-sense, pro-business litmus test.

Nov. 02 2010 10:31 AM
M Hunt from Westchester

Please remind your listeners to turn over the ballot. There is no indication on the front of the ballot that there is another item on the back.

Nov. 02 2010 10:27 AM
Eric Gearity from Ossining

I was at the Roosevelt School in Ossining at 6:10 this morning. The first person who voted had their ballot jam inside the machine. A technician from White Plains has to come and fix the machine, but was unreachable at the time.
I spent an hour at the automated machine and was never able to vote on the second page for the mayor or village trustee. It kept telling me that the ballot was complete.
I put my ballot in the emergency ballot envelope. About half the voters did emergency ballots, and half walked out in frustration.

Eric Gearity
Ossining, NY

Nov. 02 2010 10:17 AM

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