Electrical glitches caused some problems Tuesday morning at one super polling site in Queens.
Voters from nine different polling sites were supposed to cast their ballots at PS 180, inside tents sitting in the muddy courtyard of the school which still does not have power.
The machines were there, but the generators had no gas. And that led some poll workers to simply leave before voting even got started.
"We've been here since 5 o'clock so that the voters could vote by six. There's no way to vote, it's dark inside the tents, so like how do they see who they are voting for if there isn't
any lights," said one poll worker.
There were no lights, no heat and a little bit of confusion about how to vote.
"This is a mess. It's a real mess. And I understand they had this big problem here with the hurricane and things. But let me tell you this, getting the trash off the street was more organized than this one day of polling," said another poll worker.
But as daylight made it a little easier to see, conditions began to improve.
"Under the circumstances I think we are doing well. We have heaters that are coming in. The bathrooms are on the way. The police department provided us with a bus that's gonna be here all day to warm up our poll workers," said Democratic Commissioner Jose Araujo.
By the end of the morning, there were actual lines. People of the Rockaways who have endured so much this last week, were quite happy to cast their ballots. And their expectations about how well the Board of Elections would do under the circumstances, appeared to be mostly met.
"Voting was easy. People that didn't have their ballots in to vote then filled out their forms and handed it in. It was a really easy process," said one voter.
People are permitted to vote by absentee, but they must be postmarked Monday. In many cases mail delivery did not resume until Tuesday, adding a whole other layer of complication and confusion.