In my travels today I have witnessed some questionable things that I saw when I went to vote, and reports from other people who I spoke to when they went to vote.
First as I waited behind a few people at the desk where i vote I noticed that the tags of the three pole workers sitting at the desk had an "R" by the name. I watched as one of these "R"s gave instructions to the three people in front of me and then to me. She said that one does not have to go straight down the line to vote (moving her hand over the first column on the ballot), and reminded all of us that there were other candidates on the ballot. After the other people left and I was given these same instructions, and I said that the poll worker could not say that asking if there was a Democrat at the table. One worker said that she was, but that the tags were screwed up.
Second at no time were any of us instructed to turn the ballot over to vote on the 6 ballot proposals. It was as if the NYC Board of Elections did not want anybody to know the 6 ballot questions were on the back of the ballot. Upon going to the scanning machine I informed the person by the machine that I wanted to place my ballot in the machine, rather than have the poll workers who seemed to be looking at the finished ballots as they placed the ballot in the scanner.
Before leaving I had a long talk with the poll coordinator who agreed with me, but did nothing.
As my day went on I met several other people who told me much of the same story that I had at my poll site. Almost everyone told me that they were not instructed to turn the ballot over for the 6 propositions. 20% said that they also were told not to go straight down the column, while more than half said that it looked like the poll worker was checking their ballot before placing it into the scanning machine.
Upstate New York will benefit the most if Ballot Proposal #1 is passed, as the Governor and state legislature have already penciled in the revenue the casino gambling will bring in into the upcoming state budget. Is it any wonder that the less New York City votes on Ballot Proposal #1 the better it is for the pro casino people.
To put it another way.
Strike one was the wording of Ballot Proposal #1.
Strike two was the millions of dollars spent to have voters vote yes on Ballot Proposal #1.
Strike three is the way the NYC Board of Election placed the Ballot Proposals, on the back of the ballot.
It looks like we are out, because those millions spent in advertising can be won back by the casinos in a few short months. Don't believe me - just go to the Aqueduct Racino website to see that ELEVEN BILLION DOLLARS was bet ther in the first year.