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Perforation Revelation: BOE Blames Election Day Debacle On New Ballots

Perforation Revelation: BOE Blames Election Day Debacle On New Ballots

BOE workers try and fix a broken scanner on Election Day 2018 (Jenn Hsu / WNYC / Gothamist) The rain, the record high voter turnout, a scanner shortage, a two-page ballot, and poorly-trained poll workers may...

Election Day Chaos Triggered By Lack Of Preparation For NYC's Two-Page Ballot

Election Day Chaos Triggered By Lack Of Preparation For NYC's Two-Page Ballot

(Jenn Hsu / Gothamist / WNYC) As New York City's Board of Elections braced for what they thought might be presidential-year turnout for Tuesday's midterm election, they greenlit the purchase of extra ballots and more poll...

Williamsburg Voters Were Allegedly Told Ballots Wouldn't Count Unless They Voted 'Straight-Party'

Williamsburg Voters Were Allegedly Told Ballots Wouldn't Count Unless They Voted 'Straight-Party'

The election day hits just keep on coming. (Scott Heins/Gothamist) An untold number of New York City voters had a frustrating time at the polls yesterday: Scanners buckled under the demands of so much civic duty...

Why Can't NYC Hold An Election Without Spiraling Into Crisis?

Why Can't NYC Hold An Election Without Spiraling Into Crisis?

The scene at Brooklyn Public Library, where voters reported "an hour and a half wait minimum" (Scott Heins / Gothamist) Forget Russian meddling—New York hacked itself. Across the city on Tuesday, the engines of democracy sputtered...

Midterm Election 2018 Liveblog: High Turnout & Widespread Scanner Malfunctionsgallery

Midterm Election 2018 Liveblog: High Turnout & Widespread Scanner Malfunctions

Did you vote? Are every single one of your friends and relatives and freshman college roommates voting today? Does everyone in your field of vision have an "I VOTED" sticker emblazoned on their forehead at all times?...

As Early Voting Surges Across America, New Yorkers Can Only Watch & Wait

As Early Voting Surges Across America, New Yorkers Can Only Watch & Wait

At the Friends of Crown Heights School (Scott Heins / Gothamist) Across the country, millions of voters have been casting ballots early, surpassing expectations set by previous low turnout midterms and pointing to the possible existence...

Ask A Reporter: Your Lingering Voter Registration Questions Answered

Ask A Reporter: Your Lingering Voter Registration Questions Answered

(Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/Shutterstock) Ask a Reporter is an occasional series about civic engagement in and around the city. Do you have a question about how you can make a difference in your neighborhood, city or state?...

Reminder: NY's Voter Registration Deadline For The Midterms Is THIS FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY

Reminder: NY's Voter Registration Deadline For The Midterms Is THIS FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY

(ALBA VIGARAY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) The midterms are fast-approaching, and if you care about democracy and/or not being accosted while waiting for the bus by a roving haircut and his camera crew, it is imperative that you register to...

You Can Register To Vote In The Midterms At Any NYC Public Library Branch Today

You Can Register To Vote In The Midterms At Any NYC Public Library Branch Today

Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch (Richard Anderson / Flickr) If you weren't already aware, today is Register To Vote Day, a national holiday that seeks to celebrate/resuscitate our increasingly fragile democracy through mass registration drives across...

Rikers Voter Registration Drive Gains Momentum

Rikers Voter Registration Drive Gains Momentum

Rikers Island (Cdogsimmons / Wikicommons) Earlier this month, the de Blasio administration announced that the city would facilitate the retrieval of voter registration forms and absentee ballots from city jails, to ensure that votes from jailed...

Political Donation Caps Might Be On The Ballot In November

Political Donation Caps Might Be On The Ballot In November

A polling place on the Upper West Side back in 2014 (Jen Chung / Gothamist) The Charter Revision Commission is one step closer to putting lowering maximum campaign contributions on the ballot in November. On Tuesday,...

Voters Reporting Closed Poll Sites And Other Primary Day Confusion

Voters Reporting Closed Poll Sites And Other Primary Day Confusion

At the Friends of Crown Heights School (Scott Heins / Gothamist) It's federal Primary Day here in the city, which in theory means that New Yorkers will have the opportunity to weigh in on their party's...

Federal Judge Upholds NY's Ban On Ballot Selfies

Federal Judge Upholds NY's Ban On Ballot Selfies

Blank ballot pictures are still not a crime. (Jen Carlson/Gothamist) In a decision that will force you to pick between not documenting a piece of your life or risking jail to rack up those likes, a...

Cuomo Pushes For Early Voting, Same-Day Registration

Cuomo Pushes For Early Voting, Same-Day Registration

(Christian Hansen / Gothamist) In an attempt to reform New York's Byzantine voting system, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday a series of proposed reforms intended to make voting easier for New Yorkers. The proposals are...

No Mandate: Hillary Clinton Won The Popular Vote (And NYC)

No Mandate: Hillary Clinton Won The Popular Vote (And NYC)

scoboco's flickr Here we are sitting on the other side of November 8th—on the other side of a tomorrow I, for the longest time, couldn't imagine a majority of this nation actually actively wanted—sifting through the...

Staten Island Trump Voters: This Is Our Molotov Cocktailgallery

Staten Island Trump Voters: This Is Our Molotov Cocktail

With the Day of Reckoning upon us, we headed to the neighborhoods of Randall Manor and Grasmere in Staten Island, New York's Real America, to ask local residents in leaving the polls who they voted for, why,...

Hillary Clinton, Bon Jovi & The Clinton Team Do The Mannequin Challenge

Hillary Clinton, Bon Jovi & The Clinton Team Do The Mannequin Challenge

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took very different approaches—and vastly different attitudes—in appealing to voters with their last-minute pleas before voting started. Clinton continued to emphasize positivity and seemed to almost be having fun despite the...

Lawmakers: Let New York Voters Take Ballot Selfies!

Lawmakers: Let New York Voters Take Ballot Selfies!

Primary decision (Jen Carlson / Gothamist) The law has been hazy on the burning question of whether taking a ballot selfie is legal in NYC. While both the city and state Board of Elections say that...

Report: Brooklyn Voter Purge Disproportionately Affected Latinos

Report: Brooklyn Voter Purge Disproportionately Affected Latinos

(Christian Hansen / Gothamist) The more than 120,000 voters improperly purged from Brooklyn's voter rolls seem to have been disproportionately Hispanic, and from neighborhoods with large Hispanic populations. WNYC, which first reported the illegal purges ahead...

NY Attorney General Will Also Investigate The NYC Board Of Elections

NY Attorney General Will Also Investigate The NYC Board Of Elections

(Christian Hansen / Gothamist) New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that he will investigate the city Board of Elections in the wake of yesterday's messy primary. He joins Comptroller Scott Stringer and Mayor...

Frustrated Brooklyn Voters Beg Judges

Frustrated Brooklyn Voters Beg Judges "Nonstop" To Let Them Vote

(Nathan Tempey / Gothamist) "I never had this problem in all my years of voting, and I'm a consistent voter." It was the afternoon of Primary Day, and Thomas Williams* was in a carpeted back hallway...

[UPDATES] NYers Reporting Numerous Problems Voting In Today's Primary

[UPDATES] NYers Reporting Numerous Problems Voting In Today's Primary

(John Del Signore / Gothamist) [UPDATES BELOW] Today is New York's primary—not to be confused with the New York primary in September that the NYC Board of Elections sent date change correction notices about last month,...

NYC Voters: Taylor Swift Should Be Governor

NYC Voters: Taylor Swift Should Be Governor

Getty Images Almost everything's been coming up Taylor Swift this week: her best friend Lorde revealed the two have chowed down on Shake Shack, she discovered a new lipstick, and she's embraced her mistakes (and her...

Greenpointers Can Vote For Next Environmental Project

Greenpointers Can Vote For Next Environmental Project

GCEF Urban Oasis at McGorlick Park Newtown Creek is the longtime spill zone for oil refineries along Greenpoint's industrial waterways. All the big names have had facilities along its banks—between BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil, an estimated...

How Many NYers Bothered Voting On Tuesday? The Answer May Dishearten You

How Many NYers Bothered Voting On Tuesday? The Answer May Dishearten You

A polling place in Park Slope last year (courtesy Josh Greenman) On Tuesday, approximately 83 million Americans headed to the polls, handing the Senate to the Republicans and swapping Harry Reid out for Mitch McConnell on...

Over 90% Of NY Democrats Didn't Bother Voting Tuesday

Over 90% Of NY Democrats Didn't Bother Voting Tuesday

(Annette Shaff / Shutterstock) Apparently there was some sort of thingy where people participate in the political process earlier this week, but if you're like most New Yorkers, you just couldn't be bothered. According to preliminary...

Democracy Inaction: The Sad Deserted Polling Places Of NYC

Democracy Inaction: The Sad Deserted Polling Places Of NYC

Did you vote today LOL? Primary day belongs to the tumbleweeds, who will once again vote for the same old corporate cactus to lead us into the sunset. Last year just 700,000 New York City voters decided...

You Can Vote Today If You're Registered With One Of Those Fancy Political Parties

You Can Vote Today If You're Registered With One Of Those Fancy Political Parties

A polling place on the Upper West Side this morning. (Jen Chung / Gothamist) Today is Primary Day, which for predominately Democratic NYC essentially serves as the general election. For that reason, many New York voters...

16-Year-Olds May Be Allowed To Serve As Community Board Members

16-Year-Olds May Be Allowed To Serve As Community Board Members

(Syda Productions / Shutterstock) Last week, a bill was introduced to the New York City Council that would lower the required minimum age for Community Board members from 18 to 16. By doing so, the bill's...

[UPDATE] Malfunctioning Voting Machines Already Causing Problems At Some Polling Places

[UPDATE] Malfunctioning Voting Machines Already Causing Problems At Some Polling Places

(Courtesy @Choire) [UPATE BELOW] If you voted in the primary and savored the satisfying tactile thunk of the steampunk lever voting machines, be advised that today we're back to multiple choice paper ballots. It's a seemingly...

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