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Voting goes off without a hitch

Very few problems reported at 30th District polling places

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

While the voting process was plagued with issues throughout some parts of the city, the election at polling sites in the 30th Council District went on almost without a hitch on Tuesday night, with only a few minor problems reported.

Many voters exiting PS 49 and PS 128 between 6 and 8 p.m. said that they experienced no issues when they cast their ballot. Turnout in the area was also greater than some voters and election volunteers had expected.

In total, there were 15,970 votes counted as of press time, with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) defeating Republican challenger Craig Caruana 59 percent to 41 percent.

At PS 128, some vote scanning machines temporarily went down around 8 p.m., but the problem was fixed relatively quickly, according to polling site coordinator Phyllis Mayr.

“Until 15 minutes ago, everything was going very smoothly,” Mayr said. “A set of ballots weren’t working. They wouldn’t scan but we’ve gotten that mostly taken care of.”

Mayr also believes that turnout at her location was much more than anticipated.

“We’ve had about 1,400 voters here today,” she said. “Turnout was very good. I didn’t really expect it, to be honest.”

Frank Cazzola of Middle Village spent the day outside PS 49 campaigning for Republican candidate Craig Caruana, and he was very impressed with the number of people coming to vote.

“It’s been very busy today. It’s a nice turnout from what I’ve seen,” Cazzola said. “I’ve been out here off and on all day and I’ve counted about 1,600 people going in to vote. It’s been a very organized process.”

Crowley spent part of the evening with her family and Councilman Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan) outside PS 49 stumping for votes and she also noted that turnout was a little higher than she expected.

In various parts of Brooklyn, the machines used to scan the ballots malfunctioned, leaving many voters and coordinators unsure of whether some votes would be counted or not, but Queens saw very little in the way of similar problems.

John Gaidis of Maspeth voted at PS 128 and had nothing but good things to say about the volunteers working at the site and the voting process.

“It was a very good turnout as far as I can tell,” Gaidis said. “The service was excellent. They have some good people working in there. It seemed like they had enough staff to work too.”

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