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Voters angry over poll site changes


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Arthur DeLuca has been voting in the same poll site since 1950.

But when he received notification in the mail from the city’s Board of Elections (BOE) saying his poll location had been moved almost a mile further away, the 87-year-old Oakland Gardens senior said he initially lost all desire to exercise his rights.

“I voted all my life. I said I was just going to stop,” DeLuca said. “It’s not right.”

Several poll sites across the city have changed — including 51 in Queens — after recent redistricting redrew the physical boundaries of election districts, said BOE spokesperson Valerie Vazquez.

Alternative poll sites also needed to replace numerous locations throughout all five boroughs that were found not to be handicap accessible, Vazquez said.

“It really varies on a case-by-case basis,” she said. “We tried to make the changes as convenient as possible for voters.”

Assembly hopeful Nily Rozic, a 25th District candidate, said the modifications were “another example of BOE disenfranchising voters, especially the elderly.”

“In the very least, the community should be given the opportunity to comment in a public forum. Many voters will not be able to exercise their right to vote due to these changes,” she said.

Vazquez said it would not have been the city BOE’s responsibility to hold a public hearing or commenting period, adding that voters received notification in the mail if their voting location had changed.

“These are the lines that were given to us by the state,” she said. “From there, the way that the districts were drawn — that is how our election district lines have changed as well.”

DeLuca, who lives on 207th Street, said he has been casting his ballot at P.S. 162, located at 201-02 53rd Avenue, since he first started voting. His new site — the Marie Curie Middle School at 46-35 Oceania Street — will be a trek, said the elder who limits his driving.

“We’ve been living here for so long, voting in the same place. Suddenly they changed it. I don’t think they care about the elderly anymore. I don’t see how they could change it,” he said. “How could they do it?”

The BOE did not specify how many sites throughout the city have changed.

Voters unsure of where their poll sites are located can visit www.vote.nyc.ny.us.

Today is deadline to register to vote in September primary; online registration now available


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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With the state ranking near the bottom in voter registration, the governor announced a new initiative to allow online registration.

Residents can now log on to their computers to register to vote change their address or update party enrollment.

“We are knocking down longstanding barriers that have prevented many New Yorkers from participating in the democratic process, while creating a more streamlined and more efficient system that will save taxpayers’ money,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Less than 64 percent of eligible voters are registered, ranking New York 47th in the nation.

If you want to register electronically, you can now visit the Department of Motor Vehicle’s “MyDMV” web site.  You will also be able to register paper-free at local DMV offices.

According to the governor’s office, registration rates jumped from 28 to 53 percent among voters 18 to 24 after online registration was introduced.

The announcement comes as the deadline approaches to register for the September primary.

If you want to be able to vote in the state primary elections on September 13, your application must be postmarked no later than Friday, August 17 and received by August 24.

Online registration must be done ahead of today’s deadline, also.

Click here to find out if you’re registered to vote

You may also register in person at your local Board of Elections or any voter registration center, but must do so no later than Friday, August 17.

If you need to file a change of address, it must be received by August 24.

Etienne David Adorno announces primary run against Assemblymember Miller


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Incumbent Assemblymember Mike Miller will now have a challenger for the 38th District, forcing a September 13 Democratic primary.

Etienne David Adorno, a 27-year-old Woodhaven native, announced on July 16 that he is running for the assembly seat, which Miller won in a 2009 special election.

“On September 13, 2012, I will be running in one of the most important primary elections we have ever seen in our days,” Adorno said during his announcement at the pedestrian plaza on Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway. “Winning the primary election in September will send a message to all, that come the general election in November, we will not only win, but also be taking the first steps to creating a more unified community.”

Adorno is a resident member of The Woodhaven Residents Block Association and Community Board 9. He most recently served as an aide to Manhattan Councilmember Robert Jackson.

Among the issues Adorno said he would work on if elected were safety and the cost of living.

“After all the years living here, I have witnessed so many of my closest friends move out of the area and others out of New York,” he said. “We need to change this, and ensure that we strengthen our middle class and reduce many of the tax burdens we impose on them.”

Miller said he’s confident going into the election.

“I look forward to campaigning against him,” he said, adding that he believed his record of serving the community over the last three years would help. “I feel very confident.”