Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day tip



There are reports of long lines to vote this morning... such as seen in the reader-submitted photo here at Theater for the New City on First Avenue, where the line stretches back and around the corner on Ninth Street.

EVG reader Mel shared this:

The long lines at polling places are queues of folks who need to look up their Assembly and District numbers in order to sign in to vote.

To shorten the process, look up your Assembly and District numbers before heading to the polls here.

I knew my numbers, so it took me 7 minutes, start to finish, to vote.

Polls in New York State are open until 9 tonight.

Updated 10:30

EVG reader Terry Howell just voted at the Theater for the New City... he noted the long lines as well and added, "But if you know your Election District and/or Assembly District number, find a poll worker. They are canvassing the line frequently, and tell them you know your voting districts. They will take you inside and direct you to your table where the line is minimal.

The poll workers are very organized, friendly and helpful. TFNC being cramped as always and the crowd being large, they are doing an excellent job at keeping it moving. Let them guide you. The voters crowd is in a pleasant mood — happy to have it finally done!

A photo this morning from Manhattan School For Career Development on Fourth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue via Derek Berg...

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for that info. I'm barely able to cast my vote for her, let alone wait in line to do it. It should have been BERNIE.

I'm With Her said...

If anyone is still feeeling the Bern today, you should immediately consult your doctor. For everyone else, vote early, vote often, and vote for Hillary!

Anonymous said...

Yes, knowing one's election district is helpful. I voted at the NYU Brittany Residence Hall at 6:15 this morning. A very very long line, but it moved efficiently. There were a number of people working the polling place with cell phones to look up your district when you gave your address. Now that Deborah Glick has been reelected (she had no opposition), perhaps it is time to ask her why NY doesn't have early voting? Ms. Glick should make this her final effort on behalf of the people of New York before she retires to let other people join the ranks of the political class.

Anonymous said...

I voted at the Theater for the New City this morning. I got there at 8:15 and had to wait in line about 20 minutes. They are organized and as noted above it is really easy to look up your district and assembly numbers online. Then when you get near the front of the line you can tell the lady, and she will direct you to the right table inside. It isn't the best place to hold a vote. There are narrow spaces, and people are crowded, but everyone was relaxed and nice when I voted, and the process went smoothly. Happy voting day!

Anonymous said...

Make sure to thank the poll workers. I stopped to thank a few on the way out of the Theater for the New City, and they were so appreciative to hear kind words. This is going to be a long, busy day for all of them.

Goggla said...

The line at the school at 113 E 4th stretched to 1st Ave at 8:45 this morning, but it moved fairly quickly. Once inside, however, it was semi-organized chaos. They must not have expected so many people (in the past, I've been the only person voting at a given time), so the arrangement of tables, voting booths and scanning machines was not well thought out. People had to cut through lines to get to the booth, then cut back through to get to the scanner. All in all, though, people were calm and accommodating.

Anonymous said...

Yikes. I hope that line eases. I showed up to my polling place at 7 am on East 5th between C and D. There was no line. Seamless. Easy breezy. I am with her!!!

Anonymous said...

Voted at PS 34 at E 12th & Ave D. No line outside, was immediately pointed towards my table and only waited behind 5 people to get my ballot. Was in and out of there in under 10 minutes. Also, this is the first time I have seen more voters there than volunteers. This polling place is usually super quiet.

Anonymous said...

There never seems to be any long lines at 611 E 13 Campos Cultural.
Strangely, there were about 14 people in the A-M line and the N-Z line was completely empty.
@ 9:15 am

-Mr. Baggs

Anonymous said...

I was there this morning at 8... Three different lines which cross and intersect each other... Took 35 minutes though so not as unpleasant as I expected.
Worth it to vote against trump

Anonymous said...

Campos Community Center was easy. In and out in 10 minutes.

esk said...

PS 15 has (or had) issues. In line @ 8:15, by 9 they told us only 1 of 3 scanners was working and repair was on the way. Once inside it was a mess of people as the physical set up was terrible. I used to vote at the boys & girls club on 6th and that was more suitable in terms of space - PS15 is too small with bad layout to accomodate all the people. By 10am the scanners were fixed and things started to move but by then the line was around the corner on D. bring a snack!

I'm Wither said...

I agree with 10:28AM, anyone still feeling the Bern should consult a doctor -- Wikileaks proved that Hillary had a whole team of spin doctors working overtime to make sure Bernie didn't get the nomination. But that's all old news and Bernie got a new $600k summer home out of the deal so, hey, good for him.

Yes, make sure to thank the dedicated polling station workers today. And, you know what, thank yourselves, too. Give yourselves a nice pat of the back for keeping the dream alive -- the illusion that you're still living in a junior high school civics class version of reality. Because no matter who walks into the oval office next year, they're going to be inheriting a reality determined by vast interlocking spheres of influence, from military-industrial to media to pharmaceutical, and they don't give a damn about you and your utopian fantasies.

Every other day you see a story like, "70% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings" and "More Americans than ever are living paycheck to paycheck" and yet Americans think they have political power when they can't rub two wooden nickels together. Isn't that incredible?

Anonymous said...

Just voted twice for Clinton. Tired of this shit.

Anonymous said...

I hope Palladium gets the scanners up and running. Line was an hour at 6:30 am. Even longer as we left.

cmarrtyy said...

I vote at the Sirovich Senior Center. Biggest crowd I've ever seem voting(round 9:00). The line was long but it moved fairly quickly. And for once the workers were prepared and polite. When I first started voting in the EV, over 40 years ago, the help was anything but - party hacks. I remember helping them find my name in the books. The alphabet was a challenge - that's the kind of hacks they were. But today, long lines and all, it went very smoothly. DEMOCRACY WORKS. DEMOCRACY WORKS

cmarrtyy said...

11:48

Yes, we are controlled by competing interests. But the way to break that down is to start in our own backyard. Open primaries help to stimulate debate, loosen party control and allow for a greater sense of connection with our elected officials.

Anonymous said...

Make America Great Again!!!

Anonymous said...

Jill Stein! If the Green Party gets 5% of the vote, they get federal funding.

Anonymous said...

Thank your poll workers BUT realize they are happy to be busy! When I voted in the September primary (at about 7pm), I was only about the 40th person to vote, and the poll workers had been there all day.

@11:48am: Does your cynicism make you feel good? I've been around a long time & I'm far less cynical than you are. This country has, and hopefully will continue to, move forward in many ways - especially if we get the right president and if Congress stops behaving like a doorstop. As to "utopian fantasies" I guess you think we should have just thrown in the towel on improving things a long time ago - maybe when Woodrow Wilson was president? - b/c you don't seem to recognize that change DOES occur. BTW, one can be homeless and penniless, but one's vote still counts: that IS political power!

IMNURAUMAN said...

As of 1:00 PM, I was able to walk right in Theater for the New City. It took less than 10 minutes. Maybe I was lucky.

Anonymous said...

Sirovich Senior Center ran out of "I VOTED" stickers. That's either poor planning or excellent voter turnout!

Anonymous said...

No lines at all at Theatre for the New City. Just walked in. Speedy.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:36PM - you don't need to have been around for as long as you say you have to have some insight into the nature of things; anyone with some measure of discernment and honesty looking back at the last 16 years alone should recognize that the singular agenda of the American empire rolls on regardless of who is at the helm for us to cheer or jeer. Age doesn't confer wisdom if you've been spending your limited license on this planet living in a lie.

But I'm glad you mentioned Woodrow Wilson. I like to tell people that if they think they have a mature perspective on American politics to read a book that he wrote called "The New Freedom." It's not terribly long, it's readily digestible and you might be surprised to find an American president making pronouncements that to our ears would sound vaguely ... what's the word? conspiratorial. That silly crackpot Woodrow Wilson!

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:29 AM raised the issue of early voting. Does any reader of EVG know why New York State doesn't have early voting? It would certainly help working people, the elderly, and the disabled--indeed it would be helpful to all voters.

Anonymous said...

@2:48pm: Ah, but age DOES confer wisdom if one has been paying attention, as I have. You have a time-line reference of only about 16 years for what you call the "singular agenda of the American empire". I suggest you go back farther, about 50 years, to LBJ and civil rights legislation, unless you don't think that counts as "moving the ball forward". Then you can go back to FDR and the concept of Social Security, which was condemned as a traitorous idea for him to propose at that time.

BTW, I have just finished a fine biography of Woodrow Wilson. The biography of any president - indeed, any person at all - will only tell you that none of them were perfect, and I don't expect future presidents to be perfect. I'll settle for "trying very hard to do the right thing for the majority of the country's citizens". That seems a worthy goal to my mind.

Anonymous said...

St. Woodrow was the worst American prexie. The Fed, the income tax, and WW I for starters. Read Jim Powell's book on WW.

Bill, anarchist and libertarian

Anonymous said...

@Bill: I didn't say I *admired* Woodrow Wilson - I merely chose him semi-randomly as a point of reference. And Wilson was far from the worst American president; sadly, a fair bunch of other presidents are in the running for that dubious honor.