[UPDATES BELOW] Today is New York's primary—not to be confused with the New York primary in September that the NYC Board of Elections sent date change correction notices about last month, then got huffy when everyone was confused, then sheepishly sent out correction notices to the correction notices after the Attorney General yelled at them. Today is the presidential primary, and if you are a registered Democratic or Republican, you get to participate in our convoluted democratic process. If you are a registered voter but not registered Democrat or Republican, what you need to do is travel back in time to October 2015, when we warned you about the deadline to change your party affiliation. Otherwise, no vote for you.

Polls are open until 9 p.m. in New York tonight. (If you're a registered Democrat or Republican and don't know where to vote, go here.) No lines or waits to vote were reported yet on Williamsburg's Southside, Crown Heights, Bushwick, Sunnyside, and the Upper West Side, and turnout is typically low for primaries, but this year may be different. Outside I.S. 230 in Jackson Heights, Queens, one self-described "veteran poll watcher" said this morning's voter turnout appeared to be high already at 7 a.m., noting, "There's been 30 voters, and usually at this time during an election, there's only been five or six."

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Voting this morning in Bushwick (Scott Lynch / Gothamist)

"I've followed Bernie on Facebook for years," said Queens voter Gloria Blanco, who's been living in Jackson Heights for 42 years. "And I've always thought 'this guy oughta run for president' and then he did. But there's something about Hillary, she has a little bit more experience and how to handle people in the middle east and foreign affairs and everything. I was Hillary all the way, but then yesterday I thought, 'Maybe I should just vote for Bernie,' but it only lasted 24 hours and then I woke up this morning and said, 'I'm voting for Hillary.'"

But Sean Dugan, a 34-year-old Sunnyside resident, told us, "I'm voting for Bernie. He's the strongest on energy, campaign finance, widening inequality. He's got the most experience, is the best on foreign policy, non-interventionist policy is the best for us in terms of safety and economically."

Of course, things haven't been smooth everywhere.

The BOE polling site coordinator for I.S. 222 in Jackson Heights, Jose Ruiz, said that hundreds of registered voters had been told that their names were not on the voter rolls.

"I'd say 30% are not registered, even though they thought they were," Ruiz told us, adding that there were enough provisional ballots for these voters.

When the BOE staff for P.S. 073 on MacDougal street in Bed-Stuy arrived at 5 a.m., they did not have the keys for the equipment boxes.

"Everything is in there, the ballots, the signs, all of it," Shirley Gonsalves, the polling place coordinator told us. Voters were told to wait in line until an NYPD officer arrived with the keys at around 7:45 a.m., nearly 2 hours after the polls were supposed to open.

Some voters, including myself, are a little confused about the ballot, which in the 12th Congressional District says voters can select seven delegates. But there are only six delegates listed as pledged for Bernie Sanders, while seven are listed as pledged for Hillary Clinton. I asked a poll worker if it was necessary to select seven delegates, or if I could just pick six, and she told me, "Oh, it doesn't matter. Some people don't even fill that part out." Whatever!

In her attempt to explain the complex state primary process to Gotham Gazette, Trudy L. Mason, a vice-chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, insisted, "This may sound like a Byzantine system, but it works.” (We're looking into this ballot question and will have more later, but New York delegates are awarded proportionally, so Sanders would have to completely dominate the 12th Congressional District for him to take all six delegates, let alone that elusive seventh.)

At P.S. 20 the Lower East Side, Katelyn Glass, a registered Republican, was handed a Democratic ballot.

"I then came back and was told them I was a registered Republican, and they instructed me that they had no ballots for my table but I could either come back or just vote affidavit," Glass says. "The women in charge literally said, 'You're going to love this. They never delivered the Republican ballots. I'm a Democrat, but even I think this is a complete injustice.'"

At the Michelangelo Apartments in Mott Haven, many of the voters we spoke to signified that they were voting for Hillary Clinton by saying that they were "Democrats."

"I voted for Clinton. I would have voted for Bernie Sanders, it's just that he's so old," said Leon Ivey, who has lived in the neighborhood for 37 years.

"Bernie Sanders is up there in age. Do you think he's actually going to finish his term? No disrespect to older people—know what I mean?"

At Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Elementary in Harlem, Eric Leake said he liked Bernie Sanders, "Hillary would probably be better right now considering the uphill battle with the Republicans in Congress. I think if we had a more Democratic Congress, he'd be more effective as president."

Alicia Stetzer explained why she was voting for Sanders: "I like that over the last 30 years he's been very straightforward with his position, and he hasn't flip-flopped at all. That's what really impressed me about him."

Holly LaDue told a reporter outside P.S. 6 in Flatbush that she voted for Sanders.

"His priority seems to be working class people, poor people, anti-fracking." LaDue added that she would support Clinton in the general, but reluctantly because of "her ties to Wall Street. She's not concerned about the need for radical change in this country."

Update 11:55 a.m.: Workers at a polling site on Carlton Avenue in downtown Brooklyn, mentioned in that tweet by Ben Casselman above, arrived at 5 a.m. to find the doors locked. They (along with many voters who had hoped to vote starting at 6 a.m.) waited until 7:45 a.m. before the person who was supposed to unlock the building—the Atlantic Terminal Senior Citizens Center—showed up and let everyone in. There were about 15-20 people still waiting when the doors were unlocked, but others gave up and left because they had to get to work.

Update 12:05 p.m.: At P.S. 216 in Gravesend, all of the ballot scanners were down as of 11 a.m. In a video taken by a voter at the site, a BOE worker can be seen telling voters, "Both our scanners are down—it's horrible, we should have had four." Two more scanners were supposed to be delivered, he said, but it isn't clear when that will be. Voters at that location are being instructed to fill out their ballots and leave them for BOE workers to scan once the new machines arrive.

Update 12:55 p.m.:
Here's another example of confusion and disarray:

Regarding the delegate count discrepancy noticed on the ballot in the 12th Congressional District (six pledged delegates for Sanders, but seven for Clinton) that we mentioned above, a spokesperson for the DNC, Deshundra Jefferson, explains, "This means that the [Sanders] campaign only had 6 [delegates] to file while the Clinton campaign had 7. The total allocation will be proportionally allocated to the two candidates based on the results in that congressional district. Finally, if a candidate had not slated enough delegate candidates, there is a process in the Delegate Selection Plan to allow for that candidate to elect the additional delegates."

In other words, if Sanders somehow got such a high percentage of votes in the 12th Congressional District (and this is extremely unlikely) that he won all seven delegates, there is a process in place that would allow him to elect an additional delegate to add to his six. The system works, not Byzantine at all. Read more about it here in this New York ballot explainer.

Columbia University political science professor Ester Fuchs confirms that it's the vote for the candidate that matters, not who a voter selects in the delegate column.

"You're voting for the candidate," Professor Fuchs explained during a phone interview. "Since it's proportional representation, it just matters what percentage of votes you got, which impacts the percentage of delegates in each district. The reason for putting in the delegates, historically, is that the voters didn't always know the candidates that well. They might trust a local name [of a pledged delegate] more... But in reality the vote that counts is the vote for the candidate. If you voted for Hillary Clinton and then picked all Bernie Sanders' delegates, the vote would still be for Clinton."

Update 1:15 p.m.: Voter Jon Dieringer also tried to vote at that locked polling station on Carlton in downtown Brooklyn. "I had shown up at 6 a.m.," Dieringer explains via email, "and they told me to 'go to work and come back later.'" Dieringer said he returned at 7:30 a.m., but the voting did not actually start until 8:30 a.m., presumably because poll workers still needed time to set up.

"There were also two people stopped by the NYPD for removing the 'Vote Here' signs, which were very necessary as the polling place was kind of difficult to determine (wasn't immediately apparent from the street, kind of tucked away)," Dieringer added.

Update 1:53 p.m.: At P.S. 154 in Harlem, some voters are having trouble getting the machines to take their ballots.

Site coordinator Deidre Rock confirmed the trouble, saying that ballot errors are caused by people filling in the box incorrectly—putting a check mark where it's supposed to be filled in, or if the ballot is ridged where it was torn off, which seems to be the more common problem.

In that event, they're given a new, untorn ballot to do it again. "So it's not that they don't get to vote," she said.

Multiple registered voters also reported not being on the list. Asked why that was, Block said "I have no idea. It's just a one day job for me. I have no control over what's in the book."

Update 2:20 p.m.: Multiple voters reported that they arrived at their polling stations this morning only to find that the there were no registered voter books corresponding with the second half of the alphabet. Leo Roth, 32, arrived at his polling station at the Bishop Ford School in Windsor Terrace around 9:45 this morning. When he provided his name, he was told that there was no book on site with voter names and signatures corresponding to last names N-Z. "I told them my name and they just sort of looked up at me and said, 'We're sorry, we only have one of the books,'" Roth told us.

Roth was given the option of either returning to the polling station later in the day, or filling out an affidavit—the alternative for voters whose names aren't listed at their polling stations. He chose the latter option, knowing he wouldn't have time to return in the afternoon. Roth says that it took him about ten minutes to fill out the form, and that he's concerned about the margin of error. "I don't trust that it's not going to be thrown out because I might have made a mistake [filling it out]," he said. "It didn't feel like something that was going to work out because there was such a large swath of voters [behind me]."

Brent N., from Harlem, had the same experience attempting to vote at the Riverbend Coop at 2301 5th Avenue. "How do you mess that up?" he wondered. "It's a book of hundreds to thousands of names just not there!"

We were able to confirm that a book was printed and delivered by 9:45 a.m., which was too late for Brent. Like Roth, he was told to return later or fill out an affidavit. He knew he wouldn't be able to come back, and expressed similar concerns about whether his vote will be processed. "One of the inspectors told me that it would, expressing that there were plenty of lawyers downtown that would be fighting to count every vote," he said. Still, "There was some confusion about which boxes I needed to check off."

Reached for comment, New York State Board of Elections Spokesman Ken Connolly said, "If a voter were to show up at a poll site where the poll book with their name was missing, they would complete an affidavit ballot. The local Board would then research the voter, and if that voter was found to be properly registered and otherwise eligible to vote in an election, their ballot would most likely be counted."

A spokeswoman for the New York City Board of Elections requested addresses for the specific polling sites with incomplete books, but did not immediately provide an explanation for the phenomenon.

Update 5:12 p.m.: Dee King, the poll site coordinator at Bayard Rustin Educational Complex in Chelsea, was too busy to answer a question about voter turnout.

"I'm sorry, but a bunch of people who were supposed to be working here never showed up," King told us, referring to her fellow poll site workers. Luckily for her there weren't many voters in line.

Update 6:31 p.m.: Colleen Schmidt says that she intentionally did not change her address from Prospect Heights to Bay Ridge "so as not to encounter any mix-up when it came to voting in this primary."

Ultimately this strategy was not successful.

"I spent two hours, $40 and schlepped my two young kids back to Prospect Heights from Bay Ridge only to find that my name wasn’t in the registry," Schmidt says. "Not only that but the person in front of me, behind me and next to me in a different district section had the same problem."

Schmidt added that the BOE worker at the precinct told her that in 10 years she had "never seen anything like this before."

"She showed me boxes with hundreds and hundreds of affidavit ballots that she has collected so far. I even showed them my voter registration online via my phone and there was nothing they could do."

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Check back because we'll be updating this post throughout the day with anything noteworthy. And here's our guide to everything you need to know about voting today.

Additional reporting by Max Rivlin-Nadler, Lauren Evans, Scott Heins, Miranda Katz, Jen Chung, Emma Whitford, and Nathan Tempey