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Tompkins residents upset after polling site runs out of ballots two hours before polls closed

The polling site in the Town of Enfield ran out of ballots more than two hours before polls closed at 9 p.m. on Election Day, leaving some residents unhappy about possibly losing the opportunity to vote.

Stephen Dewitt, the Democratic commissioner for the Tompkins County Board of Elections, said his office received a phone call around 6 p.m. from poll workers who said they had only 10 ballots left. All three Enfield districts vote at the Living Water Christian Fellowship church on Enfield Main Road.

A worker at the Board of Elections office in Ithaca was sent to collect more ballots, but poor GPS reception added time to the trip, according to Dewitt.

“Her GPS failed, and she got woefully lost,” he said. “What would have been a 20-minute trip became an hour-long trip.”

The worker arrived around 7 p.m.

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