The Voting Circus has begun!

11/3/2009:

Here’s a brief update from earlier this morning…

Popularity Contest in Full Swing

Corzine speaks; Media all over it
Jon Corzine now votes at the Elks Club, and spoke with the media shortly after the polls opened this morning; News vans peppered all over Washington Street (including parking illegally and blocking crosswalks – HPD does nothing about it); “Cheerleaders” for many candidates (Mason, Raia, Zimmer) were basically standing around with signs; more political garbage already littering the sidewalk.

Voters say challengers are harassing them

Some voters came out of the Elks and said they were being essentially harassed by challengers inside, snatching their ballots, invading their personal space, and even blocking the voting machine. One man told me they were challengers for Glatt. I’ll be voting after the morning rush is complete… (and a brief nap)

Share your stories (good or bad) in the comments section. More later…

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31 Comments on "The Voting Circus has begun!"

hobposer
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hobposer

I just saw a large group of adults with “Artie Lange for Mayor” signs. Saw Richard Christie and Sal in the pack as well. Anyone else see them? They re on Wash St now with film crew

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

Once again the same grumpy old lady with Ward 4 A-L book was mind-wandering and slow. Who is hiring and testing these people?

The younger lady with M-Z was 2x faster, so she handed me the ballot # pad to sign. Then the grumpy old lady basically shouted at me, “NO! You have to tell me your name first!” Geez louise. So the M-Z lady took the pad back, had her voter sign it while simultaneously she looked up her name, and was that voter already was in/out of the booth by time my name was even found. I sure wish I had an M-Z last name!

FMTVENG
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no harassment here. I parked right next to a News12 van outside, walked in without anyone saying a word to me, gave my address, signed the book and walked right into the booth.

RE: those complaining about where news vans park- they are are limited in their options. Microwave trucks need to be somewhere where they can raise their masts without hitting anything (and maintaining clearance from objects so that if it moves in the wind it doesn’t strike anything) or in the case of satellite trucks, have to have a clear shot to the south/southwest be able to see the satellites they use to transmit. Then there are the cables that run from the van to cameras, microphones, lights, etc. All around, it’s just better for them to park illegally but close to their shot then to have wires running all over the place long distances, and leaving. NYC realizes this and that’s why members of the media are issues NYP license plates that give parking privileges to them while on assignment.

koolkat
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koolkat

My biggest problem of voting at the Elks club was their lack of handicapt/stroller access during elections.
My uncle could never go vote in his chair.
And I couldn’t pull my double stroller up the stairs. I was told to go inside and get someone to come help me. And leave my kids alone outside?!?!
No one ever did anything about it.

ShhhDontTell
Member

The handicap entrance to the Elks Lodge is on 10th Street, which allows you to enter through the back of the building. It has been that way for over a hundred years.

As far as strollers, I agree with the idea of leaving your double-wide outside. Can you imagine 35 strollers running into people, elderly folks, handicapped people. Or maybe you can wait until someone can watch you children while you run in for a minute to vote?

In response to koolkat who said:
My biggest problem of voting at the Elks club was their lack of handicapt/stroller access during elections.
My uncle could never go vote in his chair.
And I couldn’t pull my double stroller up the stairs. I was told to go inside and get someone to come help me. And leave my kids alone outside?!?!
No one ever did anything about it.

Anneliese22
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Anneliese22

Re: #10 chacha17
The Zimmer supporters are very dishonest regarding her record.
My experience with them is that they will not admit when they are wrong/lying, regardless of facts and logic. I find this very unappealing for Dawn Zimmer. She got a lot of money from the Hudson County Dems so she is spending it on paid volunteers.

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