Mayor: Election Day 2020 was the highest in-person turnout in NYC history

Mayor Bill de Blasio says a record number of New Yorkers came out to the polls to cast their ballots.

News 12 Staff

Nov 4, 2020, 6:11 PM

Updated 1,291 days ago

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Mayor Bill de Blasio says a record number of New Yorkers came out to the polls to cast their ballots.
The mayor says Tuesday was the highest in-person turnout to date in the city's history.
As the nation waits for the votes to come in, Mayor de Blasio is urging New Yorkers to remain calm and trust the system.      
He says there were no major incidents of violence or threats related to Tuesday’s elections. The mayor added that over 2.3 million people turned out in-person to vote on Election Day, with more than a million who requested absentee ballots.
With the presidential race still undecided, de Blasio is urging New Yorkers not to be swayed by ongoing rhetoric that the country's voting system is somehow flawed.
"The bottom line is to stay calm to trust this count will be done fairly and cleanly and transparently, in fact to believe people have spoken here let the process play out and I urge everyone if you have something you want to say, say it peacefully and calmly because we have a lot more to go here before we know the absolute final results," says Mayor de Blasio.
The city is still waiting for over 100,000 absentee ballots to be returned. Mayor de Blasio says overall, Election Day went smoothly across the city and at most polls.


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