Election Day Long Lines

I wrote a news brief for Election Day 2012 for the Downtown Express to go online. Barely a week after Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers turned out to vote. It was chaos for voters between long lines and confusion over where to vote, it was a long day.

All polling places in Manhattan opened at 6 a.m. for Election Day in Lower Manhattan, but before noon, some polling locations were already crowded with lines of voters spilling out into the streets at two Tribeca locations, New York Law School and P.S. 234, and the Tweed Courthouse by City Hall. “The wait’s 45 minutes to an hour,” said a poll worker at Tweed. Earlier, the line had stretched past the gate and into the street, he noted.

Election Day came only about a week after Hurricane Sandy struck New York. The state Board of Elections scrambled to ensure access to the ballots for New Yorkers who were displaced by the hurricane. The agency moved 60 polling sites within New York City alone.

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Update: This also appeared in the print version of the Downtown Express two weeks later.