Early voting in New York to begin Saturday

Early voting across New York City begins Saturday, Oct. 24.

News 12 Staff

Oct 24, 2020, 2:11 AM

Updated 1,303 days ago

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Early voting across New York City begins Saturday, Oct. 24.
Early voting has been a hit across the nation with over 35 million ballots already cast, according to the U.S. Elections Project.
New York joins the party this Saturday with early voting available from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1. to
"We are going to be open for nine days. All the hours and locations are posted on our website, VoteNYC,” says Miguelina Camilo, Bronx Commissioner, NYC Board of Elections.
Voters can also visit that website to find out where their poll site is. Camilo says the BOE is doing everything in its power to make sure those polling locations are up and running.
"We actually increased our numbers so the city's going to have 88 early voting sites throughout the five boroughs and we are also going to have drop off boxes so people that have filled out their absentee ballots and put them in their sealed envelopes can go and drop them off at those boxes rather than mailing them back,” says Camilo.
Camilo says there will also be extra safety precautions at the polls.
"Social distancing stickers, the plastic dividers for the poll workers and the voter. We'll have masks, disposable masks available for each voter that needs one…So we're doing everything we can to minimize contact between the voters and make sure our sites can accommodate the social distancing requirements,” says Camilo.
Early voting has resulted in long lines in other parts of the country. Jennifer Wilson, from the League of Women Voters of New York State, says that could happen here, but not to be turned off by it.
"It might not necessarily be that there's a huge line, there's just a limit to how many people can be in a poll site and if you're seeing a big line, especially during early voting what that means is people are listening to social distancing. So, don't be discouraged. Get in the line and wait. It will probably go faster than you think,” says Wilson.
What won't be fast? Results. The Board of Elections has to wait seven days before starting to count absentee ballots, and they're warning voters to be patient.
"About a million absentee ballots have already been processed, meaning they've been sent out and received by the Board of Elections so we have quite a bit of counting to do but want to count and give the correct results,” says Camilo.


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