Foreign-born voters try to vote for Clinton several times in Sunnyside

Voters checking in at PS 199.
Photo by Bill Parry
By Bill Parry

The poll workers at PS 199 in Sunnyside knew it was going to be a busy morning when they arrived at 6 a.m. and saw more than a hundred people waiting to get in.

“I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years and this is the biggest turnout I’ve seen so far,” Precinct Coordinator Peter Montoro said.

Many of them were foreign-born, first-time voters, according to inspector Robert Shattuck, and that created some problems.

“They want Hillary to win so badly they mark her name two or three times,” he said. “Another voter was drawing arrows to her candidate’s name and it took her a while to understand.”

Shattuck said he and Montoro hadn’t had a chance to sit down since arriving with more than 2,000 people having voted by midday.

“And wait until this evening,” Shattuck said. “Between 5 and 9 it’s going to be non-stop.”

Bill Parry

TimesLedger Reporter

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