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If you thought the line for a last-minute Halloween costume was as bad as it got, you may have learned otherwise when you headed to the polls this morning. As if the soggy weather wasn’t bad enough, New Yorkers reported downed scanners and waits of up to four hours. (Gonna need those free drinks!) Even Mayor de Blasio had to wait in line; he emerged from his Brooklyn polling location calling for voting reform and saying “NYC deserves so much better.” The state Attorney General’s office announced that as of 3:30pm, it had received roughly 100 complaints about New York City poll sites with broken scanners. Here’s a look at this morning’s carnage in the B+B area.

At St. Cecilia’s church in Greenpoint, voters reported waits of over three hours, as three of four scanners were said to be down.

At one point, people started doing the Wave. (The “Blue Wave”?)

The wait was reportedly over two hours long at 80 Dupont Street in Greenpoint, where just one machine was said to be working.

At the Pete Mcguinness Senior Center in Greenpoint, scanners reportedly overheated; one voter said there were three scanners down and a wait of over two hours.


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Longest voting lines I’ve seen since moving to nyc, including the presidential race #vote #BlueWave #midterms

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At John Ericsson Middle School 126, near the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border, there was a two-hour wait as four out of five scanners were reportedly down.


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Am I in line to #vote or for a ride at #disneyland ??

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Line to #vote in the pouring rain.

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At Theater for the New City in the East Village, the “gloriously long” line went “out the door and to the corner.” The line had pretty much disappeared by the time we checked in around 2pm.


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Democracy. No Filter.

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One East Villager encountered problems at JASA’s Evelyn & Louis Green Residence at Cooper Square.

In Williamsburg, the voting experience was “rainy, crowded and totally worth it.”


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Rainy, crowded & totally worth it. #govote

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Never more excited to see a line!

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GO VOTE. You may even come across a sweet, illogically-placed, wooden backboard hoop during the wait

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The lines at the Polish & Slavic Culture Center in Greenpoint stretched down the block. One voter there wrote, “I’ve been voting at this polling place for four years and have never seen a line before. And, yet, this morning this.”


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#thisiswhatdemocracylookslike #vote

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Some New Yorkers got lucky, or waited till later in the day, and got “in and out fairly quickly.”

Naturally, local politicians sounded off.

Speaking to a reporter, the executive director of the NYC Board of Elections blamed high turnout and wet clothing and ballots, causing one Twitter user to quip, “Democracy Dies in Dampness.”