Residents of New York’s 12th Congressional District took to the polls Tuesday to vote for their representatives in state and federal offices during this year’s midterm election.
Democrat Carolyn Maloney handily defeated Republican challenger Eliot Rabin in a less-than-surprising result, according to New York 1 and the New York Times. Early results show Maloney captured about 86 percent of the vote compared to Rabin’s 11 percent, according to unofficial results as reported by NY1 and the Times.
The 12th Congressional District spans Manhattan’s east side and parts of the Long Island City and Astoria neighborhoods in Queens. Maloney has represented the area since 2013 after redistricting. Maloney was first elected to congress in 1992.
City dwellers packed public schools, apartment lobbies and places of worship to form massive lines as they cast ballots in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Reports from many polling sites indicated an unusually high turnout for a non-presidential election.
Lines in some places stretched around the buildings where voting booths were set up, even in neighborhoods with no contested elections. Voters waiting outside PS 163 on the Upper West Side lined a full block between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues, a video posted to Twitter shows.
Despite the high turnout, the scene at many poll sites was bleak due to horrible weather and a general sense of dysfunction in how the election was managed. New Yorkers encountered widespread problems with the machines used to record their votes in Tuesday’s midterm elections, adding to long waits caused by unusually high turnout. City officials blamed wet ballots on a rainy Election Day for jamming up scanning machines at dozens of poll sites in at least four boroughs.