Voters encounter long waits, broken scanners in Bronx and Brooklyn during primary election

This year was drastically different then past primary elections, due to the large number of absentee ballots being used.

News 12 Staff

Jun 24, 2020, 10:29 AM

Updated 1,423 days ago

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This year was drastically different then past primary elections, due to the large number of absentee ballots being used.
Most races have yet to be called because of absentee ballots and experts say it could take a week before we get accurate results.
Many people submitted their votes through the mail because of COVID-19. Those absentee ballots could take time to come in as the Board of Election works to get a final count.
However, many in the Bronx who did head out to vote encountered frustrating obstacles. Voters say there were long lines, broken scanners and extreme delays at multiple voting locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
People complained about having to wait up to three hours to cast a vote, and in some cases waiting outside in the heat. Multiple polling sites only allowed five people at a time to cast their ballots.
Despite those mishaps, candidates say they are hopeful.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis claimed her victory last night for New York's 11th Congressional District in Brooklyn. In the Bronx it’s still up in the air who’s going to win District 15. Longtime Congress member Ruben Diaz Sr. is facing candidates like Ritchie Torres, who is confident he’s in the lead, against Samelys Lopez and Chivona Newsome.
"We left it all out there, on the ground, literally the last polling site from I think people got inside about 9:15, my team is amazing, I feel amazing, I'm a lifelong Bronx native and activist and organizer and it's a fight but that's what I'm built for,” says Chivona Newsome.
Regarding the problems at the polls, the Board of Elections has released a statement saying, “the instances were brought to our attention. The board took immediate remedial action.”
The New York State Office of the Attorney General had more than 300 complaints made Tuesday.


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