Let’s face it, the powers that be have had decades and decades to improve our voting system and to this day in 2016, it still sucks and is chaotic in several areas across the country. Lack of early voting for many places, too small a location for the number of voters, signs not properly displayed for your district table to provide your name and get a ballot and so on and so on and so on. Welcome to CIRCUS VOTING. I mean REALLY, how damn hard can that be and knowing yet again, with a big presidential election, you think the Board of Elections would have figured this out by now, but NOPE.
Walking into my polling site, the Merrick Blvd Library in Jamaica, at 6:30am, there were already about a 100 people. When you first walk down the hall entrance to the main room, it seemed to be backlogged with people all over waiting in line, but then I realized it was several people who had questions to one of the workers, who should have known better to move these people aside, so others can go to the main first table to tell the workers their name and which table to pick up their ballot. So people where standing in line for no reason at all, because this area was clogged with those having questions . Chaos #1. Once going to the main table, the workers then tell you which table is your district so you can pick up your ballot. But of course the signs they had were somewhat confusing. My district table seemed to have two signs on each side with two different district names, making you think this table was for both districts, which it was not. The damn sign for the other district was turned inward to my district’s table as opposed to being turned to the right for the correct district table. Chaos #2 and some people waiting in line for my district table found out they were standing in the wrong line, some for 15 minutes. To make matters worse for my table, the sign for my district was placed to low to see through people. Chaos #3, although after voicing loudly that this was not thought out too well, they eventually raised the sign to the proper height & then moved the other district’s sign toward that table. It would make sense to have all signs placed at the same height so everyone coming in could see (and keep them as separate from the other sign, plus it would help to have much bigger signs that you could see without having to squint or go right up to the sign to read. Next my district sign stated, A-M left side of table and N-Z right side, EXCEPT, it was actually the reversal. So if your last name began with A, you stood on the left side, but in reality the left side was for N-Z. After voicing again loudly for way too long, others then began to realize that it was already a mess early in the morning with only about 100, I mean what the hell would it be like after work and then started to voice their frustration. Of course one lone person voiced her concern that I was interrupting her voting. Let’s face it, you fill out the circle below the person’s name you are voting for and run it through the machine, not rocket science. She should have been more concerned about this irresponsible set-up by the Board of Elections. And let’s face it, when you are voting in areas where English is not always the first language, there are going to be some people who are confused or not sure where to go, so make the damn system even more easier and much more clear.
Amazing in this country, there is not a damn uniform process of voting across the country, where no matter where you go to vote, the process, the machines, etc are all the same. Applying for a passport in this country, no matter where you live is the SAME UNIFORM PROCESS, as is many other things, you would think that one of our most important privileges and rights, would be as easy. And with a huge population in NYC, there should be an early voting MONTH or better yet, a USA on-line voting process.
So no surprise that my experience of voting early this morning was as messy as this whole election.
For the record, Hillary, Chuck and Senator Avella got my vote, while I went with the Republican challenger, Michael O’Reilly against Congressman Meeks, because being in office for decades with little to show for your Southeast community, one like Meeks does not deserve my vote. Same with assembly member Alicia Hyndman, who had no challenger, she did not get my vote.
Come on powers that be, fix this fucked up system for once and for all, don’t make it a chore to vote or is that the purpose. We can make fucking phones that do everything imaginable, but we can’t have a uniform proper voting system, but instead what we get are new phones coming out every other week to take people’s money and a banana republic voting system.