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Ordeal Faced Rockaways Voters

Citizens in Sandy-struck areas of Queens battled through confusion and long commutes to get to the polls to vote in a presidential race and a hot state Senate contest.

The Bronx Votes: Meaning in a 'Meaningless' Election

In the most expensive election in U.S. history, with the fate of the presidency possibly hinging on a few counties in Ohio, the Bronx is pretty far from the action. But that won't stop hundreds of thousands of Bronxites from exercising their franchise.

Bronx Greens Aim For Bigger Voice

With candidates on the ballot for legislative seats, the Green Party hopes to make a dent in the dominance of two parties with which voters are increasingly disenchanted.

Union Man Leads Race to Replace Tainted Councilman

An organizer for the SEIU 1199 health care union is one of six people seeking the seat of convicted former Coucilmember Larry Seabrook—the only municipal contest this election year.

In New Test for Machines, Worries Over Overvoting

This is the first presidential election for the new optical scan voting machines, and they'll be put to the test in the Bronx, where in 2010 nearly a third of votes were lost because of incorrect marking.

Disappointment with Obama, in Obama Country

The Bronx went solidly for the Democrat in 2008 and likely will back him by a large margin this year. But according to one Democratic pol, that doesn't mean people are satisfied with the president, especially when it comes to his "urban agenda."

Voting for Obama, but Playing Romney

At Bronx Community College, some students took on candidates' roles for a debate, and teachers are seeing a mixture of apathy and interest among other voters on campus.

Bangladeshi Voters Wrestle With Economic Worries

Their immigrant enclave in the Parkchester section is heavily Democratic, but a few voters are wondering if the slow economy is reason to consider a vote for Mitt Romney.

Young Dems to Work The Phones

With voter registration drives, phone banks and an election-night party, the Bronx Young Democrats are trying not just to win votes for President Obama, but to get young citizens engaged in the process.

Aiming Smart Phones at Disenfranchisement

The presidential contest isn't the only story this campaign season: Concern about voter disenfranchisement is another. One group will be employing a specially designed app to prevent any miscarriage in the Bronx.

City Island Undecided as Election Nears

The seaside community is one of the few areas of the Bronx where John McCain prevailed in 2008. A survey of voters found both admiration and disdain for President Obama's time in office.

Deep in the Bluest Borough, a Conservative Blogger

William Gensert has a national following as a conservative blogger opposed to President Obama. In his deeply Democratic neighborhood, however, he avoids talking politics.


No county in true-blue New York state boasts a higher proportion of Democratic voters than the Bronx. But even though the 2012 vote in the Bronx will largely be taken for granted, hundreds of thousands in the borough will still turn out. And where there are voters exercising their franchise, there are stories to be told.

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Vote: It's Serious - Jarrett Murphy

Bronx polling sites saw heavy turnout this morning.

Bedford Park: 'I Sure Hope It Counts' - Erin Brodwin

After area redistricting sent some voters to an alternate polling site in Norwood, poll workers said they had prepared to send some away

100-Person Mid-Day Line at Fordham Poll Site - Kathleen Culliton

Said one voter: "A lot of people are saying this isn't normal."

Facilitating Democracy ... For $200 A Day - Kathleen Caulderwood

For four years Paul Bales has worked the polls on election day. He says this year is proving especially challenging.

Confusion in Parkchester, Other Bronx Sites - Elly Yu

“They never notified us. This is about losing our votes. People are getting discouraged,”

Confusion Over Affidavit Voting - Matthew J. Perlman

Some voters received conflicting messages about who could use the special ballots. And some polling places ran out of the documents.

Change of Polling Sites Cause Difficulties for Elderly Voters - Elly Yu

Last-minute changes in polling sites left many voters in the Bronx confused about where to vote and in some cases, even prevented them from voting.

Green Partiers in the Bronx Put in Final Push for Votes - Erin Brodwin

The third party's candidates don't expect to win. But they were happy to “have our voice heard.”

Broken Elevator Slows Voters in U. Heights - Kathleen Caulderwood

Poll workers ran ballots up and down the stairs between elderly voters and the scanners on an upper floor.

Civic Duty vs. Clean-Up Work in Staten Island - Bryan Koenig, Jenny Hollander and Whitney Light

The juxtaposition of storm and ballot could be seen across the borough, with many makeshift polling sites sharing a roof or a plot of land with a relief center.

Despite Some Storm Damage, City Island Voting Smooth - Emily Field

The shoreline neighborhood is pocket of conservatism in the heavily Democratic Bronx. A majority of the voters here voted for McCain in the 2008 election.

Need a Ride to the Polls? - Elly Yu

Pierre Mercredi is spending all day Tuesday volunteering to drive seniors and disabled people to polling stations across the Bronx.

Morris Park: Mixed Views on Voting Machines - Meredith Rosenberg

It's the first presidential race for New York's new optical scan voting machines. Do they get a checkmark or an error message from voters?

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