Council Member Ben Kallos Statement on Long Lines in the Upper East SideSubmitted by josh jamieson on Tue, 11/08/2016 - 1:58pm
Council Member Ben Kallos Statement on Long Lines in the Upper East Side
At poll sites across the city, New Yorkers are reporting long lines. The consolidation of poll sites crammed too many election districts into mega-poll sites and left New Yorkers waiting on mega-lines. For safety, the fire code limits how many people can occupy a space and the number of voters at certain poll sites is dangerously close to those limits. We need additional, wheelchair-accessible poll sites to reduce lines and ensure a safe voting experience.
One public school in my district, P.S. 290, has had sustained lines wrapping around two corners starting at 2nd Avenue stretching to 1st Avenue then from 82nd to 83rd Streets then looping back to 2nd Avenue.
The 2014 Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration states that "No citizen should have to wait more than 30 minutes to vote...Any wait time that exceeds this half-hour standard is an indication that something is amiss and that corrective measures should be deployed."
As chair of the New York City Council's Committee on Governmental Operations, which has oversight over the Board of Elections in the City of New York, I am asking voters to share how long they waited, any trouble they encountered casting a ballot, and suggestions for new wheelchair-accessible poll sites to minimize lines for future elections.
Thank you to all who voted. Your vote matters."
Video of Line at P.S. 290: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOXkC9yGZXs
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