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GROUP CLAIMS CONFUSION IMPEDED VOTING IN PRIMARY

About 25 people showed up Tuesday at City Hall to complain about confusion and misinformation regarding voting in the Democratic primary this month.

They told story after story of polling places being closed and of getting turned away from polling places and not being able to vote.

The complaints came just a week after Common Council President James W. Pitts, a loser in the primary race for mayor, called for a federal investigation into charges that the Erie County Board of Elections failed to notify significant numbers of minority voters about polling place changes.

The problems stem from the board's consolidation of polling places, an effort to improve handicapped accessibility and save money.

Elections officials claim 60,000 notices were mailed in May to those affected by the changes.

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