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by Ben Fried
The lines to vote were long at PS 316 in Crown Heights this morning. Photo: Ben Fried
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Ben Fried is the Editor-in-Chief of Streetsblog. He has been covering the movement for safer streets, effective transit, and livable cities since 2008.
Voting this morning was heartwarmng. The line was not short, but there was no honking! One of my neighbors had come up with a very clever idea of having a stick and a marked sign for each different district line so everyone knew where to line up (think of Trader Joes where the last person in line holds the sign up.)
I predict Obama will win NYC. I know, totally going out on a limb here.
But seriously, it all just seems to come down to Ohio and Florida again. I’m not sure why the rest of us even bother with this presidential election thing.
I don’t think Ohio is a tossup anymore. I think its Virginia and Florida this year.
Cool, but I don’t think Schitt can win without Ohio. And it’s not like it can’t be stolen.
Walked by the election site at PS 221 in Crown Heights. The line was half a block long. Might try again later during the day.
Waited almost an hour at PS whatever number it is in Cobble Hill. If my last name started with a letter between M and Z, I would have had no wait at all. How random is that?
PS 166 in Astoria was fairly crowded at 8am but was not using the school cafeteria very well. Half of the lunch tables were still out and made the place more shoulder to shoulder than it should have been. Extra voters from schools without power may have added to the crowds but that’s just speculation. Otherwise volunteers were friendly and kind.
My husband and I voted at PS 316 this morning. Got there at 7:40, only waited about 20 minutes. Go Obama!
I voted at PS 146 in the Bronx around 11 a.m. Surprisingly, it was busy. My guess was that many chose to wait until the rush hour crowd left to vote and many saw the stories of the long voting lines during the early morning hours.
My polling station in Inwood is usually serene. Today it was crowded and disorganized.
My usual polling place on the UWS got moved, and when I got to my new one at 11:30 am I learned the wait was at least an hour and I’d be standing in a packed room with different lines snaking all over the place. I left and ended up voting by affidavit ballot at a lightly-visited polling place in East Harlem that my nephew told me about. Zero wait time. Can we make it any more dauntingt to perform the essential act of democracy?
I voted with Baby Dalia Jean strapped to my chest in her Bjorn. She voted again with mommy at six PM. The very definition of vote early and often!q
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