By Mike Lander on
A motivated electorate to be sure. First time for early voting in New York. I arrived at the polling place at 8:45 A. M., and I was finished at 12:15 P. M. Not bad considering that I estimated about 700 people in line ahead of me when I arrived. Poll opened at 10:00 A. M. Part of the delay was due to the fact that voters had to register on one of only two computers before receiving a ballot. When I left there must have been 3000 people on the line. As the polls close at 3 P. M. many of these people will not get to vote today. Early voting runs all week.
Very, very long lines this morning. People in wheelchairs, people using canes, people with arms in slings young and old from all walks of life. Extraordinary African-American turnout. Everyone was patient and courteous. People fainted and others went to their aid. A tailgate party for some without the food and beer. Good humor everywhere. In over 50 years of voting I have never witnessed such a turnout. I was proud to cast my vote and be a part of history.
“Early Voting – 2020 Presidential Election“; North Babylon, N. Y. (October 24, 2020).