Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Voting Day in Far Rockaway: Tents, Generators & Masks, Oh My!

Beneath large white tents, with polling machines run by gas-powered generators, and donning face masks to keep the floating dust at bay, residents in the Far Rockaway area of Queens took time today to vote, time away from repairing, cleaning or gutting their flooded homes and businesses.  Making their way on foot, by bicycle, by bus, by car and by special shuttles, they flocked to temporary polling stations throughout the hurricane-devastated community, stations set up at schools and churches, at community centers and on street corners.

The location I visited at the 106 Street and Broadway Channel junction was very well organized, and with over 50 volunteers assisting voters throughout the day, the process appeared to run very efficiently.  Other locations, like the Beach and 66 Street area, were not so well organized, according to a couple volunteering at the polling station.  They shared that the generators cut in and out and that there weren't enough volunteers to keep up with the number of voters.

Soon enough, we will all know the results of the election and it will be a time to celebrate or a time to mourn...











6 comments:

The Bridge Project said...

What an amazing time for you to be there. Your pictures capture everything so beautifully. You will definitely need to publish a book.

The Bridge Project said...

The Bridge Project is my blog....what an amazing time for you to be there. Your pictures capture everything so beautifully. You will definitely need to publish a book. Beth

Christina Whiting said...

Well hello B and thank you for your encouragement. I'm glad you are enjoying my images and stories. Thanks for writing.

Christina Whiting said...

I love your blog B. It's very fun and will be great for the boys to enjoy as they get older. What a great idea! I love your creativity. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Good pictures & nice to see people making the effort to make a difference!

Anonymous said...

The last comment was from me (mom). Forgot to sign my name.