Authorities blame bad weather for election violations
NEW YORK - November 7, 2018
Several violations were recorded on election day at various places in New York.
There were huge lines, several polling stations were closed on the very day of voting, and ballot scanners didn't work properly and were simply taken out of use.
One voter reported problems at District 30 in Woodside, Queens, saying, "This place is a zoo" with only 2 out of 7 machines working.
Another voter tweeted us from P.S. 22 in Brooklyn to report malfunctioning scanners.
ALL SCANNERS ARE BROKEN AT PS 22. They just announced that they will be collecting ballots in an emergency collection box to scan later. People are very skeptical. Totally unacceptable. Who should I contact?! #ElectionDay @NYCVotes— Barry Hott (@binghott) November 6, 2018
Some media reported hacker attacks, though they only scanned the electoral machines’ system without actually hacking. There were no reports to confirm this.
Among other things, as USA Really has previously reported, many polling stations in New York were either closed on election day or moved outside the city, making it difficult to get there.
Most absurd is that neither local nor state authorities denied any of these problems but claimed the cause was the continuous downpour that interfered with the voting machines and led to closed polling stations.
In particular, authorities said wet hands and clothing made the ballots damp, causing them to jam in the machines, leading to some machines going completely out of order. Dry, crisp ballots are better to run through the machines, said Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams.
Board of Elections Executive Director Mike Ryan pointed to the weather as being a factor in some of the issues, but he said it was not the problem city-wide. He blames the high voter turnout and the two-page ballots.
He said four of the five boroughs have two-page ballot, with Staten Island being the exception, where there were little to no problems. He said they'd assess the machines after election day to see what changes need to be made.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the problems "absolutely unacceptable."
"It's clear the Board of Elections wasn't prepared for one of the most important elections of our lifetimes," he wrote on Facebook. "The BOE unquestionably needs reform, top to bottom. To any New Yorker experiencing delays or difficulties at the polls, I urge you to stay in line. Your voice and your vote matter. If you're at your polling place by 9 PM you will be able to vote."
A USA Really reporter went to three locations to talk with voters and identify several violations, which were previously reported.
It is worth noting once again that many New Yorkers don't know how to get to the polling stations, regardless of location. The state police also do not know where the elections are held.
Follow our updates to find out the election results.