East Harlem early voting site evacuated after bomb scare


An East Harlem early voting site was briefly evacuated on Sunday morning after someone called a bomb threat into the school where it’s located.

The threat was lodged against the Jackie Robinson Educational Complex, where several voters and staff were practicing democracy at the early voting site.

“The NYPD notified us of a bomb scare at 1573 Madison Ave, which is an early voting site,” tweeted Board of Elections deputy executive director Vincent Ignizio on Sunday. “Emergency protocols were initiated immediately. Staff along with a handful of voters were escorted out safely.”

Police gave the “all-clear” for voting to resume at the poll site at around 12:40 p.m., Ignizio tweeted, after about 2 hours of closure.

A police spokesperson said that the threat was not lodged against the poll site itself, but against the school, noting that a post on social media had ominously indicated something would occur at the school on Nov. 9.

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