- Apr 13, 2011
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- Political Leaning
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.
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.