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Tuckahoe Votes But Doesn't Approve of New Process

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Polls at the Tuckahoe Community center had a steady stream of voters all day, election workers said, but most voters did not like the voting machines.

"We have been busy since we opened," said Margaret Bresser. "But if I had a dollar for everyone who complained about the machines I would have a lot of money."

Poll worker Tommy Logan said that, although lines were out the door for the last presidential election, lines have gotten considerably smaller since then.

"Maybe it's because of the machines," Logan said.

Voter Ashley Mooney cast her ballot on the new machines for the first time.

"It was kind of a cumbersome process," Mooney said. "But I suppose we will all get used to it."

Voters sign in and pick up a ballot contained within a privacy sleeve. They then move to a cubicle, where they fill out their ballots with a special pen, coloring in a circle next to their candidate. Then, they go to a machine, which scans the ballot.

"If you color out of the lines, the ballot won't go through," said worker Carmela DelVecchio. "We did not even have enough of those magic pens when we got here. We had to pass them back and forth until we got more at lunchtime."

All of the election workers said they would happily deal with the mangled ballots and the do-overs if the end result were easier.

"After all that the machines are not connected to the Board of Elections", DelVecchio said. "We still have to open the machines and call the Board of Elections with the results.

Polls remain open tonight until 9 p.m.

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