Voting machine breakdown raises questions


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Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks, St. Albans Democrat, feels it may be no coincidence, and views with skepticism, the unusual breakdown of at least 120 voting machines at over 20 voting sites in the 29 A.D.
He notes that in many cases where voting machines could still work, " you could not pull the lever for Charles Schumer or Eliot Spitzer-only their Republican opponents."
He also observed that "In no other area of the city have machines broken down to this extent. My district is almost all black and votes heavily Democratic."
Complaints have been filed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Board of Elections.
Naomi Bernstein, spokeswoman for the Board of Elections, differs slightly with Meeks as to how many machines were down, or how long they were down, but admits it might have been as long as 8 hours after polls opened. She says, "Technicians were sent down to fix the machines and the inspector in that district was suspended."
She believes paper got stuck in the machines which caused them to break down. Paper ballots were used in their place, so no votes were lost.
Meeks , who represents an area that includes parts of Jamaica and Rosedale as well as St. Albans, believes that his colleague, Congressman William Scarborough was also affected.
"I will not place blame anywhere at this time. I will reserve judgment until after the investigation is completed and a report has been made, "he said.