2013-11-08 / Letters

Vote Hassle

Dear Editor:

I've just returned from voting, and have to say how very upset I am.

After moving my polling site at 120 Beach 19th Street (which has been the polling site for Ocean Park Apartments since the early 1970s) I ventured into my new site at 131 Beach 19th, JASA's Senior Brookdale Village. Besides choosing what has to be one of the smaller rooms in this gigantic relic of a 1970s building, it seems the BOE has seen fit to add election districts (is this true?).

With the average age of the poll watcher now hovering between 70 and 90, is it any wonder that there is such chaos and incompetence so early in the morning? The poll watchers themselves still don't understand the voting procedures, but somehow they're expected to direct others? Some of our seniors (at both 125 Beach 17th and 120 Beach 19th) are already saying they’re not going to vote because of this change. Regardless of reason, this was a move that has quickly proven wrong.

Please return our polling site to 120 Beach 19th, where it has been for decades, and where it belongs to ensure a higher voter turnout from the residents of Ocean Park Apts.

JOHN GOOMISHIAN

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