Monday, September 3, 2012

Has your poll site changed?

From the Queens Courier:

Several poll sites across the city have changed — including 51 in Queens — after recent redistricting redrew the physical boundaries of election districts, said BOE spokesperson Valerie Vazquez.

Alternative poll sites also needed to replace numerous locations throughout all five boroughs that were found not to be handicap accessible, Vazquez said.

“It really varies on a case-by-case basis,” she said. “We tried to make the changes as convenient as possible for voters.”

Assembly hopeful Nily Rozic, a 25th District candidate, said the modifications were “another example of BOE disenfranchising voters, especially the elderly.”

“In the very least, the community should be given the opportunity to comment in a public forum. Many voters will not be able to exercise their right to vote due to these changes,” she said.

Vazquez said it would not have been the city BOE’s responsibility to hold a public hearing or commenting period, adding that voters received notification in the mail if their voting location had changed.

“These are the lines that were given to us by the state,” she said. “From there, the way that the districts were drawn — that is how our election district lines have changed as well.”

And the Daily News reports that a lot of folks got notices directing them to the wrong polling sites.


Anonymous said...

Another crappy situation created by our crappy system.

Anonymous said...

They first moved my poll site from the school directly across the st. from my house to a school probably a mile away. Then the correction notice came that it was moved to another place a mile away in the other direction. Guess they don't want my vote.

Anonymous said...

Bwahahahaha!! People still think that their votes matter. How quaint!!!

Anonymous said...

Just found out my poll site has changed for the November 6 election. This is the first I have heard of it, and I am not happy at all. The new poll site is at a school further from my house, NOT on my way to work, and in a dangerous neighborhood, with far less available parking. I do not feel safe going there, and am considering not voting. Great job, BOE.