Orangetown supervisor rejects claims of voter suppression at polling place
A paving project
at the Orangetown Police Department that displaced police vehicles to the
polling location at Town Hall had some claiming voter suppression.
residents who waited in long lines Saturday were claiming voter
suppression caused by a paving project.
The project in
the police department parking lot prompted officers to move their vehicles to
the Orangetown Town Hall, where voters park.
The work was
expected to be completed today and should not pose a problem for the next nine
days of voting, according to Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny.
“It has just been brought to my attention that paving is
happening to the Police Department parking lot today, while early voting is taking
place. I was unaware that this was happening today and reached out to the
Department head, who advised me that it will be finished today so as not be an
issue for the next 9 days of voting. While I am not happy about it, he
explained he did not expect it would be a problem because the lot is around the
back of the building. I trust his explanation, as many were surprised to see
such a long line on the 1st day. I also reject any claim that this was done
intentionally or as an attempt at voter suppression. Mistakes happen and
hopefully we learn from them.”
afternoon, an estimated 700 people had already lined up waiting to vote – one
of whom fainted while waiting in line. An ambulance was called and the woman
eventually did vote.
"It shows a
message that no matter what the situation could be…It's always important to
have the American people state their opinion," said Alfredo Castro, who
waited to vote.