Primary day got off to a rough start today at some polling places in the region, in part, because of the new gadgetry that’s being used for the first time.
Early reports from the field show problems in Mount Kisco, Bronxville, Pelham and other parts of Westchester County stemming from the optical scanning machines known as ImageCast. There are 1,500 of them throughout the county.
Though Corrinne Beveridge of Mount Kisco said she “felt very bad” for the election workers, she said it was a bad scene at Mount Kisco Public Library — the machines had jammed before 8 a.m. (In the interest of disclosure, she’s married to political media consultant Bill O’Reilly.)
“Their frustration level was very high and it wasn’t even 8 a.m.,” she said of poll workers.
“I had more confidence with the old-school lever machines,” Beveridge added. “For the machines to fail within the first hour, I guess it’s not surprising given the state of New York politics.”
No word yet on how the Board of Elections is coping with the challenges, though one BOE worker told The Journal News this morning that there were roughly 70 people answering phones at the main office and that lines were “lit up like a Christmas tree.”
Check back later for updates.