The situation at the polls left much to be desired for some voters this morning, with Twitter abuzz with 140-character tales of lever voting machine defeat. Here's an updated collection of what we've heard from around town:
- Councilwoman Gale Brewer, a candidate in Manhattan Borough President's hotly contested race, told us she's received calls telling of everything from polling sites not stocked with affidavit ballots—problematic, considering the apparently high rate of failure of the lever voting machines—as well as sites that were shut down because they were not sufficiently handicapped accessible. "What the hell is a person supposed to do?" she asked.
- Joe Lhota wasn't the only mayoral candidate to face troubles at the voting booth. Anthony Weiner had to call up a high-ranking BOE employee after workers couldn't find his signature in the ledger of eligible voters, DNAinfo reports.
- NYPIRG fielded 200 voter complaint calls before noon, 39 of which were about broken machines, spokesperson Gene Russianoff said. Of the broken-machine complaints, 18 came from Brooklyn, 10 came from Manhattan, seven came from Queens, three came from the Bronx and just one came from Staten Island. Other issues included late poll site openings, voters being directed to the wrong polling site and cases where poll workers were either rude or unhelpful.
- "No one can vote in Queens":
— Ali Najmi (@Ali_Najmi) September 10, 2013
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