Preparing For Election Day

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 6, 2006 at 9:08 PM EDT

It's the eve of Election Day and you can feel the anticipation inside Broome County's Board of Elections.

"Election Day is what we work all year for. This is our day," says Mary Pines, Deputy Commissioner.

Phones ring off the hook as voters call with questions.

"Where they go vote, if they are registered. How to get an absentee," says clerk Karen Davis.

Hundreds of voters also file into this office to fill out an absentee ballot.

"I'm going to be out of town on business. So I figured this is my chance," says Michael Bensley of the Town of BInghamton.

113 thousand people are registered to vote in Broome County.

The board makes sure that machines are in place, volunteers are ready and absentee ballots organized.

So each vote is smooth and accurate.

"Mistakes happen. Errors will happen and machines will go down. And we need to be right on top of it," says Deputy Commissioner John Sejan.

So far the only problem is a few polling inspectors calling out sick.

"Some of our inspectors get ill. But we have a lot of substitutes, so we are busy calling them today. And we're in good shape," says Pines.

Inspector Virginia Barren is feeling well and ready for Election Day.

She picked up the keys to her district's voting machines.

"It's exciting to sit down there and write down peoples names and talk to them. It's exciting," says Virginia Barren of Binghamton.

Tuesday at 5am, Barren and other volunteers will come to polling places like at Horace Mann Elementary School, where they will uncover and unlock the voting machines for Election Day.

If you plan to vote in New York, the polls are open from 6am to 9pm.

In Pennsylvania, from 7am to 8pm.

If you have questions, contact your county board of elections office.

You can access websites and phone numbers online in New York at elections.state.ny.us, and Pennsylvania at votespa.com.

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