BROOKLYN – Voters were in a well-deserved tizzy this morning around 9:30 am when all of the scanners at one Crown Heights polling site went down.
A long line of voters was instructed to drop their ballots into boxes at PS 22 inside 443 St. Marks Ave. this morning because all of the scanners went down. This, in addition to lines that were at least 45 minutes long.
“Made it inside and PS 22 is a madhouse,” read one Twitter post. “Totally disorganized and overcrowded, and not a single scanner is working.”
Made it inside and PS 22 is a madhouse. Totally disorganized and overcrowded, and not a single scanner is working. People are dropping ballots into boxes, which are being guarded by a single cop. Laurie Cumbo did not pick up her phone!
— Jazmine Hughes (@jazzedloon) November 6, 2018
According to the thread, some of the machines began working a little after 11:10 a.m.
Meanwhile, at the Marlborough Road polling station a few miles away in Ditmas Park, long lines preceded two scanner malfunctions. The same goes for the polling site at PS 217. Residents took to Twitter to complain that 50 percent of the scanners at the location were not working at 8:00 am.
— BKLYNER (@bklyner) November 6, 2018
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams also chimed in on Twitter to spread the word about broken scanners. He has since sent a press release to say he will be visiting the Ingersoll Community Center polling site to “inspect” the polling sites.
Thank you for reporting on this, Katie, and thanks for all of the media members who are covering the scanner breakdowns across our borough today. This is unacceptable, @BOENYC. What is the status of fixing scanners at PS 130 in Windsor Terrace? https://t.co/HNXS9nn0hF
— Eric Adams (@BPEricAdams) November 6, 2018
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