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New York City primary voters outraged by broken machines, closed polling places

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New York primary voting at some Brooklyn and Queens polling places was a disaster Tuesday morning — with early morning voters arriving to broken machines and belated polling.
Queens resident George Mack said he came to P.S. 52 in Springfield Gardens to vote right at 6 a.m. He, and about 50 other early voters, learned all three machines on site were broken. Volunteers at the school told voters to place their ballots in a slot, and they would all get processed later.
Meanwhile, voters at the Cooper Park Houses in Greenpoint, Brooklyn couldn't even get close to a machine. More than two hours after polls were supposed to open at 6 a.m., that site was still closed.
A similar snafu happened at the Atlantic Terminal site in Brooklyn, which didn't open until after 7:30.
They told me the key to the building had not arrived yet," voter Tara McCauley told the News.
"I came back at 7:30 and they had just gotten the key. Upon entering, there were no voting machines."
A Board of Elections representative arrived around 8, she said, and told voters he had been busy tending to problems at other polls. Voting finally started at Atlantic Terminal around 8:30.


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What a ****ing disaster :shock: Another damn fiasco in the American democratic process.
 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Less than halfway though primary election day in New York, a main voter protection hotline has already received “hundreds” of phone calls from people with complaints, issues, and questions about their voter registrations and polling sites.
New Yorkers have been turned away due to problems with their voter registrations; polling sites have been closed; and equipment has been malfunctioning at sites across New York, according to Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Clarke’s organization runs the Election Protection hotline, which seeks to help voters work through challenges they experience at the polls.
“The traffic to our polling hotlines has been pretty significant,” Clarke told ThinkProgress on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re seeing a high volume of calls, which suggests this is not an election that is problem-free.”
The most frequent complaints received so far have been from voters who are confused about the New York’s closed primary rules, Clarke said. In New York, only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary and only Republicans can vote in the Republican primary. Registered New York voters who wanted to switch parties had to do so by October 9, 2015 — more than six months ago — and many people didn’t realize they had to do it so early. New York has the earliest change-of-party deadline in the country.
New York's Primary Isn't Going Smoothly So Far | ThinkProgress
 

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Are we saying we have an example of liberal voter suppression? (The state government sure as hell is not Conservative. At least not in typical context.)
 

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Are we saying we have an example of liberal voter suppression? (The state government sure as hell is not Conservative. At least not in typical context.)

It's corporate voter suppression as Clinton is the Corporate Candidate. The DNC doesn't want Sanders to win, they want Hillary to win, it's supposed to be her turn. they're pulling out all the stops to make that the case.
 

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Read more @: New York City primary voters outraged by broken machines, closed polling places

What a ****ing disaster :shock: Another damn fiasco in the American democratic process. [/FONT][/COLOR]

If this were taking place in a Red state it would be labeled voter suppression. Since its happening in the bluest of blue states, its just another example of governmental incompetence. Hey liberals, lets grow government so they can **** even more things up!!

As an aside, I do find it sort of funny to listen to liberals whine about supposed voter suppression and disenfranchisement while 'super delegates' disenfranchise the democrat voters in state after state and hand Hillary the coronation...er...nomination.
 

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Welcome to America's political machine. Republocrat for life!!!! All others need not apply.
This 2016 election has really opened my eyes to how ****ed up the whole election process is within our country. And how the Democrats are no better than the Republicans, really.
 

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As if they really count the votes anyway.

Who believes the final tally in a presidential election is evenly remotely close to being accurate?
 

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This 2016 election has really opened my eyes to how ****ed up the whole election process is within our country. And how the Democrats are no better than the Republicans, really.

The Democrats have been no better than the Republicans for decades. It's the single Republocrat party in America. Corporate domination of The People. Nothing more.
 

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The Democrats have been no better than the Republicans for decades. It's the single Republocrat party in America. Corporate domination of The People. Nothing more.
Definitely, and I was too blind and ignorant to see that before.
 

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Definitely, and I was too blind and ignorant to see that before.

Everyone is at some point. I was a good little GOP supporter from High School on. It took GW to shatter that fantasy of mine. Now I vote third party, it's all I have left. The main party ain't going to do anything other than perpetuate the status quo, and I'm not a fan of the status quo.
 

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Are we saying we have an example of liberal voter suppression? (The state government sure as hell is not Conservative. At least not in typical context.)


I usually keep the pesky conspiracy theorist in me well under wraps but he's peeking his head out and reminding me that Brooklyn and Queens would be probably strongly support Sanders who isn't the darling of the DNC

On the other hand in a place as large as NYC odds are there are going to be problems at some polling places
 
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Everyone is at some point. I was a good little GOP supporter from High School on. It took GW to shatter that fantasy of mine. Now I vote third party, it's all I have left. The main party ain't going to do anything other than perpetuate the status quo, and I'm not a fan of the status quo.

I'm thinking of voting third party if Hillary secures the nomination. No way am I going to support the status quo of our political parties any longer.
 

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It's corporate voter suppression as Clinton is the Corporate Candidate. The DNC doesn't want Sanders to win, they want Hillary to win, it's supposed to be her turn. they're pulling out all the stops to make that the case.

I usually keep the pesky conspiracy theorist in me well under wraps but he's peeking his head out and reminding me that Brooklyn and Queens would be probably strongly support Sanders who isn't the darling of the DNC

Fair points, just seems a bit over the top for the DNC to engage in this. Can't wait to watch the coverage of this a little later on after poll closing.
 

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I'm thinking of voting third party if Hillary secures the nomination. No way am I going to support the status quo of our political parties any longer.

It's all you have. You can't not vote, the Status Quo wins when you do. You can't vote for the Status Quo, the Status Quo wins when you do. To keep the republic means that we must engage honestly and intellectually. We cannot accept "lesser of two evils", we must vote for the best candidate regardless of "chances". The only way for the Republocrats to change is to threaten the security of their power. The only way to do that is to vote third party.
 

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Fair points, just seems a bit over the top for the DNC to engage in this. Can't wait to watch the coverage of this a little later on after poll closing.

The DNC is a political machine pulling in millions...billions of dollars aggregate. They are trying to protect their power and their money. This isn't over the top for them to engage it, this is standard business.
 

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Fair points, just seems a bit over the top for the DNC to engage in this. Can't wait to watch the coverage of this a little later on after poll closing.

Yes - I agree. And I did just edit my post (a little late because of work) to note that in a place as large as NYC problems at some polling places are to be expected.
 

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Man. These people are awesome. We should let them run your healthcare.

Why would I want the New York State Board of Elections run healthcare?
 

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The establishment at work people. I have a feeling Hillary will do much better than expected thanks to the voter suppression efforts by the party leaders.
 
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