The benefit of working in the neighborhood you live is that while all of you suckers have commuted to work or school or whatever, I get to go vote with no lines, no hassle. Suckers, indeed.
Still, it was unusually busy when we stopped by the St. Mark School poll site today at approximately 10:15 a.m., no doubt because of the mayoral elections. Poll workers agreed that they were seeing much higher morning turnouts than they have in recent years, and estimated that more than 300 people had so far cast their ballot at that one poll site.
We haven’t heard much in the way of problems yet today, though there were some lingering questions (as there always are) about the proximity of nearby electioneers. It is illegal to hand out campaign materials at the door to a poll site, so if you see something call 311 and inform the poll workers inside. Strangely, for the first time in the years I’ve been covering campaigns, I didn’t see the signs at the poll site indicating the distance electioneers must keep. And, more strangely, there were absolutely no electioneers at my poll site. Campaign workers for City Council candidates David Storobin and Chaim Deutsch were stationed more than a block away.
Of course, we tend to hear the most complaints of abuses and voting problems as the day wears on. Make sure to send any tips to nberke [at]sheepsheadbites [dot]com.
Polls are open until 9:00 p.m. tonight. You can find your polling site here.