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Ballot Book Error Causes Delays In Poughkeepsie School Voting

A mix up with ballot books caused delays for some Poughkeepsie School District voters.
A mix up with ballot books caused delays for some Poughkeepsie School District voters. Photo Credit: File

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A mix-up with ballot books caused voting delays for numerous Poughkeepsie City School District voters at Krieger Elementary School early Tuesday after names were left out of poll books, reported the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Workers realized they had an issue when they couldn't find the names of voter after voter on the books, the Journal said.

An election inspector said the polling place was given the wrong books, the Journal reported.

Once the error was discovered, the Board of Elections had to reprint the correct books and bring them to the school. The process delayed voting for some residents by a couple of hours, the Journal said.

In Poughkeepsie, five candidates are vying for two seats. Incumbents Ralph Coates and Gregory Charter are running as a slate , being challenged by Doreen Clifford and Debra Long, who are also running as a slate. Gregory Melton is also running.

Voters are also deciding on a $96.7 budget which increases spending by two percent.

School District Clerk Victoria Clerk said she could not comment on the issue until the polls closed at 9 p.m.

Click here to read the Poughkeepsie Journal story.

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