Early Problems at a Park Slope Polling Place
Voting chaos! I went to vote this morning at my polling place in Park Slope (8th Ave and 13th St) and was met by absolute chaos. After giving the woman at the front desk my address, she sent me to booth 17. The woman in line in front of me at 17 was sent in to vote w/the wrong card (Dem rather than Rep; no one had asked her what party she was registered with) and none of the volunteers or the coordinator knew what to do to solve the situation. They couldn't find me in the books at 17, and after reverifying my address, sent me to 14. At 14, the woman in front of me (who had likewise voted at this location last year) wasn't found on the books. They sent her to 13. They couldn't find me either, and sent me to 13. At 13, they could find neither of us. I was sent back to the front, where the woman barked "I don't make mistakes!" But she does! When she rechecked my address, she told me to go to 14. At that point, I decided it was best to leave and come back after work with hopes that the second shift is more competent than the first. Is it legal for polling places to be staffed with untrained, incompetent volunteers?Hopefully, it's just an isolated problem, but we thought it was worth passing along. The location of your local polling place is available by clicking here.
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