NEW YORK, NY – Following reports of faulty voting machines at polling places across the city on primary day, community newspapers joined the chorus of voices asking the city to fix the problem once and for all. In an editorial
titled “New York elections are broken. Fix’em,” Downtown Express called New York’s “creaky voting machine system” the worst “except for the ‘modern’ electronic vote scanners the state picked a few years ago.”
At least 76 election-related complaints were received by noon on Election Day, half of which were about broken machines. Brooklyn had the highest with 18 such complaints, followed by 10 in Manhattan, seven in Queens, three in the Bronx and one in Staten Island. Like Lhota, voters at such polling sites were given emergency paper ballots.
Gotham Gazette also reports complaints of unavailability of translated ballots in election districts with large Bengali- and Hindi-speaking populations. Glenn Magpantay of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund said their monitors had not come across any ballots in Bengali.
Complaints also surfaced about the lack of interpreters and Spanish-speaking staff in some locations in heavily Spanish-speaking neighborhoods, such as Washington Heights. At least one such complaint was received from the office of state Sen. Adriano Espaillat who said that the polling site at the Highbridge Recreation Center had no Spanish-speaking Board of Elections (BOE) employees. A similar complaint was reported from P.S. 28 where a site with as many as 12 election districts only had two Spanish-speaking workers.
“New Yorkers are about to elect their first new mayor in over a decade, and the Latino community deserves the chance to make its voice heard,” Espaillat wrote in a statement. “But poll site changes and the insufficient number of Spanish-speaking BoE workers in Upper Manhattan is making it more difficult for our constituents to cast their vote.”
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