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Voting Turnout Steady In Peekskill

Election Barbara Smith with one of Peekskill's voting machines. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Peekskill election ballot that residents will fill out when voting. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
The Field Library proposal that residents will be voting on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Voter turnout was steady Tuesday morning at the Peekskill neighborhood center on Nelson Avenue.

"It's been constant," said election inspector Barbara Smith. "We haven't been sitting down long at all. There was a line at 6 a.m. I'd say there was about 10 people in line, maybe 15."

As of noon, 140 people had voted in district 1 and 143 in district 2. This year's turnout was bigger than the mid-term election of 2010 and on par with the 2008 election, Smith said.

"Maybe four years ago was a little more because we had a lot of first time voters," she said.

While there are no citywide races on the ballot this year, races for state and federal offices are being decided this year.

There also is a provision on the ballot that would allow the Field Library to increase its budget by the 2 percent allowed in the state's tax cap, or $17,000. The increase amounts to about $2 per household, according to library director Sibyl Canaan.

Voters leaving the polling area said the current process was fairly easy.

"I got a little confused with the circling the dots but once I found out how to do it, it  was simple," said 54-year-old Peekskill resident Thomas Robinson.

Residents like 87-year-old Leroy Smith felt the new scanning method was easier than the old polling machines he dealt with in his youth.

"I've voted for years in New York City and we did it the old-fashioned way, with the large machines," Smith said. "This is easier - you mark them out and you slip them in."

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