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Greenburgh Adjusts To New Voting Machines

Poll workers at the Greenburgh Public Library ran into a speed bump Tuesday when one of the voting machines broke down. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer
Gail Bolling fills out her ballot at the Greenburgh Public Library on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer
Shiek Browne fills out his ballot at the Greenburgh Public Library on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — New voting machines caused some minor confusion at the Greenburgh Public Library Tuesday, while poll workers and voters tried to figure out the new system.

Voters use a pen to mark their choices on a paper ballot, then insert the ballot into a scanner on the new voting machines. At 3 p.m., one of the station's three polling machines broke down, putting a wrinkle in what was a relatively smooth day for poll worker Anne Kaplan.

"It's been very busy. We've had a good turnout. The machines are better, easier, quicker, people understand it better," Kaplan said. "But then we had a problem with the machine — a piece of the ballot got stuck in it."

Only about 20 people were voting at the time, but there was an added wait in line with one machine down. Greenburgh voter Ellen Greene said she couldn't believe there wasn't anyone on site to fix the machine.

"Look at this, it's like the 1800s," she said after the machine had been down a half an hour. "They should have an IT guy over here. One machine down, and they're crippled."

Poll workers had to contact the Westchester County Board of Elections, but still hadn't resolved the issue by 3:45 p.m.

The broken machine wasn't the only issue: Voter Imani Bolling was forced to go back in line and fill out a new ballot after the pen she was provided bled through the ballot's paper.

But Bolling wasn't discouraged — she said it's important to vote at every opportunity possible.

"I like to have a voice. I can't complain if I don't vote," she said, adding that she'd be voting "straight down the Democratic party line."

Poll workers said that more than 500 voters had cast their ballots at the library throughout the day, and the poll station will remain open until 9 p.m.

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