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People voting in Long Island City experience long lines due to faulty scanners

Photo by Angela Matua/QNS

Several Long Island City residents voting at P.S. 78 took to Twitter to express frustration as they wait in line for two or more hours to vote.

The polling site is located at 48-09 Center Blvd. and residents have been tweeting issues they’re experiencing at Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Twitter user Jennifer Ewing called the site “a disaster.” She said she waited 2 1/2 hours to cast her vote.

Chappell Ellison said on Twitter that some people have given up after waiting in lines for hours.

According to a Board of Elections spokesperson, the agency has been notified of the problem and there are currently technicians at the scene. This year, unlike other elections, voters are responsible for scanning their ballots.

“We have technicians out there working on some faulty scanners that they’re dealing with,” he said.

It was not clear how long it would take to resolve the issue.

Long Island City residents were not the only ones experiencing issues. Emily Cintrón said on Twitter that a poll worker asked to see her ID as she walked in to her site at Academy of the City Charter School in Woodside.

New York is one of 18 states that does not require residents to show identification at a polling place.

Twitter user @YellowTrapezoid reported seeing poll workers ask voters in Sunnyside to show identification. The Queens Board of Elections confirmed that they were dispatching an official to the site.

At Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in Astoria, a couple was told they could be arrested for taking a picture while waiting in line to vote.

If you experience any problems at your polling site, reach out to the Queens Board of Elections at 718-730-6730 or email at electioninfo@boe.nyc.ny.us. Please also share details with us by emailing editorial[at]qns.com or on our Twitter page with the hashtag #QNSvotes.

Polls in New York close at 9 p.m. and if you are in line by that time, poll workers must allow you to vote.

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