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New Electronic Check-In System Debuts to Mixed Reviews

By Jonathan Danilich, BDJ 311.01

Published on November 5, 2019
Reformed Church of Syracuse

Voters at the Reformed Church of Syracuse had mixed reviews for the new electronic check-in system (c) 2019 Jonathan Danilich

Voters in Syracuse has mixed reviews over the new electronic check-in at the polls this morning.

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Jonathan Danilich: Election officials hoped for a hassle free transition to a new electronic check in system at the polls this morning, and for voters like Andrea Wandersee of Syracuse, it was.

Andrea Wandersee: “It was very smooth this year! I mean, there’s a new system this year and so some of the staff are still figuring a few things out but It’s seven in the morning and I’m sure everyone will adapt very very soon.”

JD: At the Reformed Church of Syracuse, several voters were visibly upset that the system caused temporary delays. But nothing was going to stop Bernhard Molldrem from voting this morning. He is less concerned about technology and more about the importance of, in his words, a civic responsibility.

Bernhard Molldrem: “In a city where it’s up to the people to decide who’s going to be their leader, ‘I don’t care, why should I vote?’ and it’s troubling that people have that attitude. It’s like a guy being afraid to ask a girl out for a prom date, you’re too afraid to vote because it’s too important.”

JD:While the experience at the polls may be slightly different this year, the objective of voting remains the same. Jonathan Danilich, N-C-C News

SYRACUSE, N.Y.(NCC News)– Some voters praised a new electronic check-in system at the polls Tuesday morning, including Syracuse resident Andrea Wandersee.

“It was very smooth this year!” Wandersee said. “I mean, there’s a new system this year and so some of the staff are still figuring a few things out, but It’s seven in the morning and I’m sure everyone will adapt very very soon.”

Several voters were visibly upset that the new system, run with iPads, caused temporary delays. Voter Bernhard Molldrem said the new system took a little bit more time and caused a short delay. But nothing was going to stop Molldrem from voting this morning. He was less concerned about technology and more about the importance of, in his words, a civic responsibility.

Molldrem believes that many people don’t go to vote anymore because they don’t believe their vote counts. “It’s troubling that people have that attitude,” Molldrem said. “It’s like a guy being afraid to ask a girl out for a prom date, you’re too afraid to vote because it’s too important.”

Turnout did not seem to be impacted by the rain or the new system, as a steady flow of voters came to the church throughout the morning.

 

Reformed Church of Syracuse

Voters at the Reformed Church of Syracuse had mixed reviews for the new electronic check-in system