POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Lines spilled out the door at the Pound Ridge firehouse polling place Tuesday morning as people queued up to vote on what officials said was a very busy Election Day.
“We are extremely busy; I don’t think I’ve seen a larger turnout,” said election inspector Richard Mendes. “We’ve had lines out into the parking lot.”
Election officials say the widespread power outages resulting from Hurricane Sandy have not hampered the voting efforts. They said voters have been leaving their motels where they’ve been holed up since last week’s storm to come out and vote. Additionally, they said, people have been taking advantage of the new provision that lets people from outside their voting district cast affidavit ballots at any polling location.
“We’ve had people coming in to vote who are from Long Island,” Mendes said.
Pound Ridge resident Ed Kleiner and his family fled to Maine when the blackout occurred last Monday, but he came back to vote.
“As luck would have it, our electricity came back on last night, which was wonderful,” he said. “But we weren’t going to miss the opportunity to vote. We always make sure we do it.”
Mendes said as of late Monday morning, his polling location at the firehouse had experienced no problems with the ballot-scanning voting machines.
“The machines have been behaving,” he said. “But I always have my fingers crossed.”
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