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Ballot-marking devices have helped people vote independently, but some disabled voters say poll workers don’t know how to use them.
“Poll workers are not adequately trained on how to set up or use the machines,” says Julia Pinover, an attorney for Disability Rights Advocates, an organization that protects civil rights of disabled people. “So when people show up to vote and unfortunately the poll workers won’t have the requisite information about how the ballot-marking devices function.”
The number of immigrants seeking political asylum has more than doubled since 2012, according to Department of Homeland Security data. After reaching a deal to re-open the government, President Obama said, “We still need to pass a law to fix our broken immigration system before this year is out.”
Relatives of detained Mexican immigrants seeking asylum rallied in front of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Manhattan office in search of help for their loved ones and immigration reform.
Federal employees on furlough in New York City don’t need to worry about going hungry: Cochinita Tacos in Clinton Hill is giving free burritos to furloughed workers for the duration of the government shutdown.
When the federal government closed on October 1, because of congressional arguments over the budget, Cochinita tweeted: “FREE BURRITO for FEDERAL EMPLOYEES! We support you!” Since then, Cochinita has given free burritos to any customer who comes in and shows their federal ID, and will continue to do so until the shutdown ends, according to the restaurant’s owners.