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Tuesday, November 2

Turnout strong for midterms, Dems leader says

Mareesa here.

Just got off the phone with Jasper Nolan, chairman of the Saratoga County Republican Committee, who was en route from the county Board of Elections to the Holiday Inn, the GOP's adopted election day headquarters. Chris Gibson and other candidates will be appearing there later this evening.

“I can’t say whether it’s abnormally busy or what,” Nolan told me, referring to polling places around the county. There are 107 total.

On the phone from his vantage point in South Glens Falls, Larry Bulman, chairman of the Saratoga County Democratic Committee, called the day’s turnout so far “very strong for midterm elections."

He said voters are complaining about two things:
No. 1, Moreau residents must vote on additional propositions that are located on the back of their ballots.

“A lot of people are missing” that it’s a two-sided ballet, Bulman said.

Another complaint, about the new, electronic voting system, is the issue of privacy.

“People are being told they have to have a poll inspector accompany them to feed their ballot into the machine,” he said.

Some voters are have been wary of inspectors handling their ballots because they are two-sided and leave no room for privacy.

“I recommend that people could feed it into machine themselves and if there’s a problem they can call an inspector over to help them,” Bulman said.

He said he'd be speaking with commissioner of elections Bill Fruci.

I’m off to check out our local polling places myself. Look for an update this afternoon when I return.


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