Election Open Thread: How Was Your Trip to the Polls?

spies.jpgThe gloves are off in District 10

It’s finally here: primary day, with a slew of key races to be decided before the polls close at 9:00 tonight.

I’ll be going out to vote a little later, but things are already getting interesting here in Upper Manhattan. After tracking megaphone-wielding candidate caravans over the weekend, a neighborhood noise monitor last night launched an eleventh-hour write-in campaign in City Council District 10. His platform is an enticing one — "if elected I’ll confiscate and crush any car in #wahi blasting music" — but we’ll have to wait for early returns to see if the message takes hold.

City Room is tracking today’s action. So far, looks like turnout is low on the Upper East Side, while Eric Gioia and his lucky tie are picking up early votes from his home district in Queens.

Been to your polling place yet? Tell us about it.

  • molly

    I can pretty confidently say not that my vote not count, but that my vote won’t be counted. I changed my party affiliation so I could vote in this election (yes, by the deadline) but my name wasn’t on the list when I got to the polling station. I voted by affidavit. Very disappointing, as I live in the hotly contested 33rd.

  • At 8:30am, I was only the fourth person to sign the voter rolls at my polling place. Looks like once again, New Yorkers are satisfied with the status quo.

  • I was the sole voter in the cavernous gym at PS 234 in TriBeCa at 8:05-8:15 this morning. The 5-person City Council race here is probably going to be one of the ones Aaron (Naparstek) referred to as hanging by an excruciatingly small number of votes.

    None of the dozen election workers (or the one cop) in attendance minded my wheeling my bike inside. Indeed, one of the workers recognized me, with a big smile, as “a neighborhood biking advocate” — yet another instance of the positive vibe these days about biking — and, even more, the tendency of “ordinary people” to start upbeat conversations with me about cycling. But that’s another topic, for another time.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    I echo Charlie. Very sad, sole voter as well at my polling place.

    Alot of $$$ was raised for these races…would love to see what the $$$/per vote ratio is this year.

  • There were three other voters in my polling place at 9:15. I guess if every Streetsblog reader votes, livable streets wins?

  • The last time I voted at P.S. 282 in November of 2008, there was a line all the way down the block. This time the entire place was empty except for three people ahead of me — all at my particular polling machine as it happens. For whatever reason my electoral district (ED 52, I think) is always the busiest one in the joint. I voted at 10:45am so I didn’t expect a rush hour crowd but, yeah, turn-out seemed pretty feeble. At least our votes are going to count for something today.

  • SC

    Voted this morning around 9am at PS 167 in Inwood. Very light turnout, though there were lots of campaign staffers on the street handing out fliers (mostly for the D10 Council race, but also saw a few for Aborn).

    And I totally agree with the sentiments behind the “noise monitor” campaign. Francisco Spies’s (seen in the defaced poster) noise van has been down my block half a dozen times this morning already, blaring his ridiculous campaign tune. He’s making a late-breaking effort to catch up with Manny Velazquez’s party truck in District 10 obnoxiousness.

  • Glenn

    Voted around 8am on the way to work. I was voter #7 for my precinct. A lot different from waiting in line at 6am to vote for Obama. I didn’t vote for a single incumbant running for re-election.

  • I voted at around 9:30. My polling place moved from the local high school to a senior housing development this year. About half a dozen seniors voting when I showed up; crossed paths with a younger-than-50 person on my way out. The booth was broken so I had to fill out a paper ballot for the first time.

  • At 8:40am I was the only voter at my polling place in Stuyvesant Town (one of many polling places in ST) when I arrived, while I voted, and as I left.

  • You’re coming around, Aaron. I think Tony is a fundamentally honest guy who can be educated on livable streets issues. You didn’t see the light for Josh Skaller at the last minute, too, did you? 😉

    I was the only person voting in Brooklyn’s 36th ED in Park Slope at 10:30. I’ve been handing out lit since 6 a.m. and it seems like pretty light turnout.

  • Oh, one other thing. Four (about half) of the polling machines at my site were non-functional for a span of an hour or so this morning. People had to vote by paper ballot in those districts.

    Apparently our voting infrastructure is maintained as well as our transportation infrastructure is.

  • J

    I voted this morning in Hamilton/Washington Heights. Lots of workers, not too many voters. Even though I changed my address about a year ago and got the address confirmation letter in February, my name wasn’t on the voter roll, and I had to vote by affidavit. Maybe it’ll count.

  • I was happy to apply much of what I’ve learned here at the polls.

    It is kind of depressing, though, to know that at the end of the day, Pedro Espada will still be the Democrat nominee for his office. Betrayed his party on a grand scale, as corrupt as the day is long, doesn’t even live in his district — what does someone have to do to get dumped by the Dems?

  • J. Mork

    There were a few other folk at P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights.

    Sadly, I did not pull any lever for Mayor.

  • It is kind of depressing, though, to know that at the end of the day, Pedro Espada will still be the Democrat nominee for his office. Betrayed his party on a grand scale, as corrupt as the day is long, doesn’t even live in his district — what does someone have to do to get dumped by the Dems?

    Ask Diana Reyna.

  • I don’t live in Gerson’s district but (apparently) I vote in the building where he lives. When I voted around 5:pm I was the 44th voter for my E.D. Workers said there were more voters for the other E.D.s they handle at that polling site. Maybe Gerson went door-to-door offering to escort his neighbors downstairs 😉

  • vnm

    I had the majestic, cavernous Beaux Arts lobby of the Bronx County Courthouse to myself and 15-20 elections workers this morning at 8 a.m. I woke up half an hour early to vote, but it took 5 minutes.

  • J. Mork

    Sadly, I did not pull any lever for Mayor.

    And I was not alone.

    More than 347,000 Democrats voted in Tuesday’s five-way primary for public advocate and more than 352,000 in the four-way race for comptroller, but some 312,000 voted in the mayoral contest.

    (from http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/nyregion/17turnout.html)

  • francisco spies

    thank you for your comments. but I did not ask you nor anyone for money. nor I lied anyone

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