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BOE sends out wrong polling place notices

NYC primaries set for Thursday

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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Sep 13, 2012.

Board of Elections officials are remaining mum on just how tens of thousands of voters have received notices sending them to the wrong polling places for the primaries being held on Sept. 13.

Some reports state that 30 or more polling places could be affected. Fortunately, or unfortunately for the BOE, one notice was sent to the home of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village).

Crowley said she contacted the BOE, where someone confirmed the error.

“A week from now, voters from all over New York City may be going to the wrong polling site because the Board of Elections mailed them incorrect information,” Crowley said in a statement issued by her office.

She said many of her neighbors were confused by the mailings, adding a confusing or overly difficult process might cause voters to stay home on Thursday.

BOE officials were unavailable for comment on the matter, though Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said he was told that the difficulties were caused by the recent redistricting process as a result of the 2010 U.S. Census.

“If we can’t even get people to the right poll site to vote, we are really up the creek,” he said in a statement. “The Board of Elections needs to make this right. Fast.”

In a letter to Maria Guastella, president of the commissioners of the Board of Elections co-signed by de Blasio stated that he has learned of similar errors in Glendale and Woodhaven.

He has asked that all poll workers in Queens be made aware of the misinformation and have lists on Thursday to direct voters to the proper place; and to have extra affidavit ballots available for legal voters whose polling place remains in question.

The letter was cosigned by Crowley, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). and Assembly members Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), David Weprin (D-Little Neck) , Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach).

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