Elmont voters dismayed by Super Tuesday issues

Many Long Islanders raced to the polls Tuesday for the presidential primaries, but some voters in Elmont are claiming their voices weren't heard.Angry voters complained of having to wait as long as two

News 12 Staff

Feb 6, 2008, 5:57 PM

Updated 6,009 days ago

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Many Long Islanders raced to the polls Tuesday for the presidential primaries, but some voters in Elmont are claiming their voices weren't heard.Angry voters complained of having to wait as long as two hours to cast their ballots at Dutch Broadway Elementary School. The lines forced some to wait past the poll?s closing time of 9 p.m. Some said the lines were so long that they wound up leaving without being able to vote.Voters also said there were only four voting machines and one book with the names of registered voters on site.Democratic Elections Commissioner William Biamonte chalked the problems up to higher-than-expected turnout. He said turnout on Super Tuesday was two-and-a-half times more than the turnout for the primary election in 2004. Biamonte said the long lines were also due to people showing up that either were not registered to vote or not registered with the Democratic or Republican parties. In New York, only voters registered to a specific party may vote in that party's primary. Related information: News 12 Long Island Super Tuesday Results


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