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Last minute preps underway ahead of Election Day

November 06, 2018 09:50 AM

Just one day ahead of Election Day 2018, absentee ballots are pouring in, in Albany County. Election officials say they've handed out more than 8,000 and about 5,000 of them have already been filed.

Matthew Tulio was one of many people coming in around lunchtime to pick up a ballot for his wife -- who just so happens to be in labor with their first child in the hospital.

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"She's resting comfortable right now, so I figured I'd come and grab an absentee ballot for her. She's in a lot of pain, so I tried to rush over here as fast as I could," said Tulio.

Rachel Bledi is the Republican commissioner for the Albany Board of Elections. She says the weeks leading up to Election Day can be hectic and this year is no exception.

"We are not exactly at 2016 Presidential Election levels however we are nearing it," said Bledi, as she discussed absentee voter numbers.

Bledi says they have 200 voting machines that are typically stored at their headquarters. Last Wednesday, they started delivering those machines to polling locations. Bledi says before they leave the main building, they are tested for accuracy and then locked and secured. A warning label is placed over the locked doors and if the machine is tampered with, the label changes to alert officials.

"It will start to display these little white marks on it and you'll see the word 'void' appear," said Bledi.

Should there be any issues with machines on Tuesday, they have extra machines on hand to replace them. Bledi says even with 180,000 active voters in the county, they don't anticipate any major problems on Tuesday.

"We do ask if there is a higher turnout that people show some patience, are patient with poll inspectors who are generally trying to do their job," said Bledi.

Polls in New York open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday and will close at 9 p.m.

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Jacquie Slater

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