Election Day Live Blog--
6:38AM - GA arrived at 5:30AM, watched poll workers set up. 6-1, 6-4 and 6-6 are voting here, one machine per district. GA is challenging for 6-6. Voting here is in a gymnasium, it is large and acoustics are horrible. No tables were provided for Challengers except one round and able all the way in the back of the gym. I tried to move the table forward- it was about 25 or 30 feet away from the 6-6 table. GA sat in a chair about 8 feet behind 'my' poll workers' table. Two poll workers from 6-1 got in my grill and told me I was not allowed to sit there. I replied "It is my right as a challenger to sit at a distance where I can hear the voters' name." The poll workers did not back down. Two policemen showed up. I explained the rules- the polling location is supposed to provide a table for challengers within hearing range of the poll workers. The cops were very polite to me and said someone from the County would come to decide. GA is not moving until told so by an authorized Board of Elections official.
No challengers for Garcia are here.
Only 5 voters in 6-6. Come on, people. Get to the polls!
7:10AM- Election official showed up. Asked poll workers where they wanted me to sit. Told me it was "up to the poll workers." Ha ha.
9:40 AM- 6-6 turn out "better than usual" so far: 59 votes. Get thee to the polls.
10:43 AM- ALERT!
This report just in from Ward 5:
"Mike Russo accompanied by Matt Calicchio have been going around to polling places stating the ONLY people they will listen to are from the Board of Elections when a deputy AG is there. To make up for their lack of "deputies" individuals that have the authority of the Superintendent's office behind them are creating chaos by confusing poll workers, which in turn makes it more likely that people who should NOT be voting might actually be able to vote at the machine."
Russo and Callicchio are creating chaos as a smokescreen to facilitate voter fraud. Russo, an elected official, is NOT ALLOWED INSIDE ANY POLLING LOXATION WHERE HE IS NOT ON THE BALLOT. Calicchio is not allowed PERIOD to loiter in any polling location. Don't care how cozy Russo is with the HPD- call them and get his ass kicked outside.
12:44 PM- GA just came back from voting! 6-5 had 86 votes. 6-6 has 92 votes. Plenty of Giattino supporters in and around Church Square... some sad sack Garcia supporters, like they have a 6th sense their candidate sucks.
GA heard about Mason's Great Donut Caper... she trespassed into Calabro with Dunkin Donuts contraband when she was politely told to get the fuck out (that's not verbatim). And so, she threw a donut at Jen Giattino on the way out.
1:11 PM- Just in! 4-3 has over 100 provisional ballots... Ruben's workin' it
3:20 PM- 130 voted in 6-6, 146 in 6-4, 64 on 6-1. Reform needs every registered voter to VOTE.
3:37 PM- 6-4 poll workers allowed a challenged voter to vote by machine! 6-4 's challenger tried to get a voter to fill a provisional ballot.. the voter refused.
7:34PM- 6-4: 238, 6-6: 204... wow, these are huge numbers. Please peeps, 24 minutes until polls close.