Not surprisingly, New York’s last-minute, court-mandated redistricting has gotten the BOE a little mixed up.
I’m not talking about Florida voter roll purge, I’m talking about right here in NYC! Me!
With this year’s redistricting, my congressional district has changed, and I even get to vote in a primary on June 26. All the maps I can find say this is true, I’ve been getting mail from incumbent Nydia Velazquez and one of her three challengers. And they’ve already delivered the privacy booths and ballot scanners to my building’s lobby, so I know I’m not crazy.
But I’m not going to be in town that day, so I ran over to 200 Varick Street this afternoon to get an absentee ballot. They looked me up in the computer, pulled up my election district, looked that number up on a wall chart that lists all the election districts with June contests, and told me: I don’t have anything to vote on next week. They even printed it out for me:
status as of: 6.18.2012.12:18:47 EDT — There appears to be no contests for this voter in the next election for the 045/65
That last number — 045/65 — is my election district (045) and assembly district (65). (Those are my new district numbers, by the way … my old ones were 075/64.)
But what about my congressional district? This nice interactive tool from the New York Times confirms that I am now in CD 7; so does this tool from CUNY Center for Urban Research, which also confirms new state Assembly and Senate districts. CD 7 definitely has a primary. (Even the New York Times thinks so.)
I look a little closer. That sample ballot has printed on it the AD/EDs for which it is valid, but they are the old districts, not the new ones. Apparently next week’s primaries for new Congressional districts are being held along old ED/AD lines. So when the guy at the BOE tried to match my new AD/ED with a list of old AD/EDs with contests next week, he came up empty.
I like to vote. I’m going back tomorrow to see if I can get a ballot.
Update, next day: Settled. Tim Gay, Deputy Chief Clerk at the BOE in Manhattan, was very helpful and spoke to his desk clerks. When I went back, I was able to get a ballot and vote. Still, if any NYC election comes down to the wire, expect trouble.