Poll workers express frustration over Election Day issues

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For many across the borough, this year's trip to the voting booth meant long lines and headaches, but it also caused issues for poll workers.

Many sites were understaffed, and those working say they were doing their best to keep the calm during the storm that was Election Day.

The Board of Elections is blaming bad weather for dampening ballots, which then jammed the machines.

Officials also say the turnout was higher than expected.

One poll worker told News 12 she has years of experience and two factors played the biggest roles in the issues for the day.

"The lack of workers and the lack of supplies and resources," says worker Diane Finch. "They had trained 35,000 poll workers which averages to about 28 workers per polling site, which is actually the minimum number for our site. But, as poll workers you receive your notice of work in the mail and you don't need to confirm whether or not you're going to work."

Finch says the one thing that gives her hope is the number of newly elected officials who have openly agreed that there was a polling problem that they're committed to fixing.

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