10:06 AM: I get a hot tip that Diana Reyna has plopped down in front of MS 250 in Williamsburg, the polling place close to Lindsay Park Houses, one of the highest turnout locations in the District.
Sure enough, there’s Diana right near the entrance, with three volunteers. She’s a little outnumbered. On the corner of Montrose and Manhattan Avenues, there are six Maritza volunteers to every one Diana helper. On the other corner is Steve Levin, the Democratic nominee and likely new councilmember in the 33rd District. Steve is wearing a Maritza Davila t-shirt and probably won’t visit Greenpoint again until he goes home later tonight.
“Turnout is about average,” said Levin, who greeted senior residents on their way to the polls in English and Spanish, reminding them to vote on “Line E.” “The numbers in general will be higher than the primary. The question is how much dropoff will occur (after people vote for the mayoral race).”
Half a block away Diana watched skeptically and assembled her troops.
“You have to be assertive when you walk with me. People do not understand what’s going with the switching of parties,” said Reyna to three female volunteers. “When you have a Democratic leaders asking Democratic voters to switch lines it confuses the voter and it only confuses the voter to stay home.”
A likely voter greets Diana and interrupts the conversation.
“If you’re on Section A I’ll vote for you. If you’re on Section E, I won’t vote for you,” he said.