At around 11:15 a.m. on Election Day, Council District 25’s Democratic candidate Daniel Dromm casted his vote at P.S. 69 located on 77th Street and 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights. Dromm, who defeated Democratic incumbent Helen Sears on primary day, is now running against Republican/Independent/Conservative ticket party candidate Mujib Rahman. Rahman, a Bangladeshi immigrant and local businessman, lacked the substantial treasure chest Dromm had coming up to the elections.
A Spanish language interpreter at P.S. 69 told The Queens Courier that by 10 a.m. the polling site already had more people, and a more diverse range of people, cast their vote than on primary day. The interpreter, who worked at this one particular polling site for four years, said that the site was not ready until about 6:10 a.m. – polls opened at 6 a.m. – and that items like the signs that designated the electoral district and assembly district were missing. She added that fewer people had been scheduled to work.
“There are less information clerks and less interpreters,” said the interpreter, adding that she felt bad that only one Korean interpreter was there because “he had less breaks.”