Long Wait Times to Vote in Greenpoint

 

The long lines to vote and scan ballots at 715 Leonard St.

Greenpointers hoping to cruise by their poll site this morning and vote in a timely fashion were met with hour-long wait times as early as 8:30 a.m. at the McGuinness Senior Center (715 Leonard St.).

 

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Across the country, the 2018 midterm elections are seeing record turnout from Texas to Florida for the high-stakes election where a record 36 million early voters already cast their ballots.

Voters at the McGuinness Senior Center streamed into snailing lines that mixed in the center of the packed room causing some confusion. It was not clear which scanning machines were to be used for the ballots and many voters skipped the booths, filling out their ballots in the scanner lines. By 8:30 a.m. the line was out the door and was not slowing by 10 a.m.

At the 80 Dupont St. poll site, where the line stretched down the block, only one voting machine was reported to be functioning at 11 a.m.

A similar fiasco unfolded at Saint Cecilia’s Church (84 Herbert St.), as three of four scanners reportedly malfunctioned.

Greenpoint was not alone in its election day woes: Voters waited in the rain for close to two hours while voting machines went down at PS 130 in Windsor Terrace.

In Crown Heights, the wait time was also two hours while machines were down at PS 316.

If you need to report voting issues, the quickest course of action would be to contact the NYC Board of Elections at 212-487-5400.

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