Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hey, it's Primary day

The polls opened this morning at 6 for the New York primary today... (and they are open until 9 p.m.)

There have been some registration issues... which, combined with the interest in the races, "could cause long lines and major confusion at the polls," as Gothamist noted.

Anyone have any reports from the neighborhood polling places? Are the voting machines working? Any new dessert places open while you were in line?

Anyway, as noted earlier, you may watch the primary results tonight at La Plaza Cultural.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I went to my polling place, Voter Reg and ID in hand, and was told I wasn't on their registration list. I was made to vote affidavit. This happened to SEVERAL people, in various polling locations across NYC. I foresee a lot of issues, and I'm also calling to complain. It's really unacceptable.

nygrump said...

The primaries were supposed to be mechanisms for the members of the POLITICAL PARTIES to produce their candidate for the general election. But because we do not have active and engaged populations, they don't understand this. This isn't a general election. The paries should be voting for their preferred candidate and organizing and recruiting. This obsession with protesting a primary candidate is extremely simplistic and the disruptions are totalitarian. We also know they are being organized and paid by Soros. Its the billionaires vs billionaires. Soros vs the Bloombergers vs Trump. Americans are so dumb they fight each other for their place in line over the cliff.

Greg Masters said...

No problems for me at Sirovich on E12 Street at 8 a.m.

Grumpy Voter said...

Hey nyygrump, is it true you voted for that folding table that's locked to the bike rack on 7th St?

Anonymous said...

Went to my polling place on 4th street around 8AM and voted without issue. Took maybe 5 minutes.

Anonymous said...

East 4th street voting seems to be fine. Was in and out without any wait or trouble.

Anonymous said...

No issues at the PS 34 at Szold Place and 12th at 7:50am. There were more volunteers than voters.

Anonymous said...

I vote only so I can complain about the person that actually wins... seriously what is the alternative to not having the right to vote? Things as they are may seem to be out of our control but don't forget grass roots can affect larger city and state laws which in turn can affect change on a national level. All this takes time and most people want immediate results but life does not work like that in a democracy, it's about winning over a majority to you way of thinking. In the last 50 year it has been slowing going for some many social changes, civil rights for people of African decent, equal pay and rights for women, equal rights for couples that are not of the opposite sex, and just recently people in transition. None of these have been complete victories but progress has been made and will continue to be made as long as we all stay involved in the process. Go and vote if you can and if you are not registered make sure to be so for Novembers general election.

Anonymous said...

Moving very slow at 3rd St Ave A 7:30am. As usual elderly poll volunteers getting confused and thrown off by the special election (to replace Silver) and occasionally the alphabet.

Not a Presidential level line but much busier than average non-Presidential election.

nygrump said...

To my own surprise, the grump voted for trump. They had my reg ok. But I do not feel good about those optical scanners, there is no confirmation of what they do.

That table is abandoned, I just walked past it a few minutes ago! I'm surprised no midnight drunks have attacked it - the old EV it would have already been gone.

Anonymous said...

No issues voting, nor line at the JASA center on 5th st at 7AM. 4 interpreters on hand, lots of chipper volunteers.

Anonymous said...

No problems at the NYU Brittany Residence Hall. At 7 AM everything moved swiftly, and the people running the event seemed organized. Because it is a closed primary (you can only vote for the party you are registered in), there were one or two people who were surprised that they could not just walk in, register, and vote. Whatever one thinks about our choice of candidates (or in NYC lack of real choice for local candidates--City Council, Assembly-person, State Senator)--it's a lesson that you must at least be registered when the outcome is important to you. I know, I know--for some people my polling place is technically not in the confines of what they might consider the East Village.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else have to vote by affidavit for the special election (to replace Silver)? Apparently the voting machines at the Meltzer Park polling location on 1st St between 1st Ave and Ave A could not read the ballot for the special election. So I was given the regular ballot and after voting, I had to put it inside and fill out an affidavit envelope. Affidavit envelope went into a cardboard box rather than the voting machine. Is this true for all of the polling places or just mine? Don't have high hopes that my vote will be counted.

Anonymous said...

The Palladium (dorm, not dance hall) was hopping around 8 am, with lines at most tables!

Anonymous said...

I have never encountered the re-routing chaos in my voting years like this morning. After voting at Sirovich for over a decade, I was told this morning at 8:15am that I am not on their list. I was shocked and was referred to Theater of the New City. I also recognized several other people who were ahead of me at Sirovich also at Theater of the New City. Guess what? I was also told I am not on their registration list and to sign an affidavit. As I am waiting to give it back, I saw several others with their envelopes.
As I left at 8:50 from Theater, I not only saw large lines to major voting districts but also just to get in. I do not recall getting any notification. Pissed off rushed commuter in the EV

Goggla said...

No problems at 4th St & 1st Ave around 9am. Long line at my table, but it moved quickly.

Anonymous said...

nygrump is a Koch operative.

Anonymous said...

The New Theater (?) on 10th and 1st: easy, organized, quick. Very friendly people volunteering.

Anonymous said...

PS 15 was super easy this morning at 8 - in and out in about 5 min. It's always easy in my voting district, which is very sad (terrible voter participation), but also very convenient for those who do vote.

Also they had stickers! They had them last election as well, but I hadn't gotten a sticker before that in about 15 years.

Anonymous said...

Sitto, I was in and out of PS 15 in about 5 minutes this morning at 8:30. I was the only one at my table, too. District 15, represent.

President Camacho said...

I was feeling the Bern this morning, folks! Mostly when I had to pee but a little in the heart chakra too (though that could have been from pepperoni pizza Hot Pocket).

So what did we turn out for this time, kids? Something to believe in? To make America great again? Because vagina?

You know, I don't believe in karma or reincarnation of anything like that. I wish it were true. I wish it, like how you wish voting mattered and that it wasn't just a puerile exercise in utter fantasy. It's funny how most Americas can't rub two nickels together to save their lives or for their retirement but they think they have political power. Amazing, right? Just stop and think about that. You matter. You really do. Well, the whole point about reincarnation was that you came into this world a moron and apparently you're going to leave it one as well, which means before you know it you'll be back in diapers, shitting all over yourself again and without the faintest idea why.

Anonymous said...

Happened to me too, they are giving wrong districts info to you when you walk in. I looked online then found the correct district and went to that desk. They redid the districts and never told anyone.

Anonymous said...

Look online to see your polling place. They were giving wrong info to people

nygrump said...

Yup, I'm taking the big nazi money to live in this shitty, noisy, cooking oil and feral cat feces smell infiltrated apartment. You found me out. and I thought I was being so clever. darn.

Koch brother: Trump plan would 'destroy free society' .

Edmund Dunn said...

"Affidavit envelope went into a cardboard box rather than the voting machine"

Yes, affidavit votes are done that way since they need to be researched prior to determining the eligibility to be counted.

“Under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) a voter must be offered an Affidavit ballot even if the inspector believes the voter is ineligible to vote in the election or is in the wrong poll site.”

Anonymous said...

Great. I wonder if those who received affidavits were Bern voters since I am. Maybe it was done by design. Pissed off rushed commuter in the EV

Gojira said...

Theater for the New City was empty at 2.30 this afternoon. I was a bit surprised, although I did overhear a couple of young'uns asking why they could not vote despite not being registered Dem or Repub, and if there was anything they could do to change it so they could vote today.

Scuba Diva said...

I had zero problem at the polling site on 6th and D; I vote in most elections, so I don't think they pegged me as a Bernie voter, necessarily.

Bob Wiley said...

No problem voting at 4th and 1st this afternoon. My vote for Trump went very smooth