Voting Jolt for New York City Mayor

Tuesday, 06 Nov 2012 02:28 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Are you sure you’re registered to vote, Mr. Mayor?

That was the question momentarily on everybody’s minds when a poll worker failed to find New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s name on a roster of registered voters Tuesday morning.

The embarrassing incident began after Bloomberg walked into his local polling place, the Lillie Devereaux Blake School on the Upper East Side, and waited his turn to vote.

As a small army of reporters and TV crews watched, Bloomberg then approached a table where a poll worker scrolled through a roster of registered voters to find his name.

She couldn’t find it.

Flustered by the gaff, the poll worker turned the roster over to Bloomberg so he could look for himself. That action is in apparent violation of Board of Elections rules.

The mayor scrolled through the voter roll, pointed out his name to the poll worker, and was then allowed to vote.

“The voter should not be looking through the poll list book in that way," Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez told DNAInfo.com, which first reported the story.

She said if poll workers are having trouble, voters are asked to write down their names or to show identification to assist them.

Bloomberg also took a moment to blast the city’s new polling system, in which voters are given a paper ballot, fill in small circles by the names of their candidates of choice and then feed the sheet into a scanner.

"I think the machines are a very bad idea,’’ he said. “People can look over your shoulders. Nobody understands what's going on. The old machines, to my way of thinking worked fine."

And who did Bloomberg vote for? The mayor wouldn’t say, although he did endorse President Barack Obama.

 

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