On the primary day of early voting in New York on Saturday, tens of 1000’s of individuals waited in lengthy traces — usually for hours on finish — to solid their ballots.
Social media was abuzz with movies and pictures of snaking voting traces exterior polling locations throughout the state.
At Madison Sq. Backyard in Manhattan, the voting line stretched throughout a number of blocks — and based on The New York Instances, greater than 750 individuals have been nonetheless in line after polls formally closed on Saturday.
One of many voters within the line, Emmanuel Vazquez, 25, informed the paper that he’d waited for 3 hours to solid his poll.
“I’m drained, I’m hungry and I wish to go house,” Vazquez mentioned. “However I’m simply enthusiastic about how value it it will really feel in a number of weeks. And that’s preserving me alive proper now.”
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THANK YOU to the artists, musicians, snack and garden chair suppliers, and on a regular basis cheerleaders sustaining individuals’s spirits as they wait on the polls.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 24, 2020
My 85 12 months previous mother simply despatched me a photograph from NYC the place she has been ready in line for four hours (!) to vote.
We have to repair this.
(And my mother rocks!) pic.twitter.com/JXYRmBcooG
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) October 24, 2020
First day of early voting in New York. Tons of of individuals lined up round two blocks to solid their vote at Robert Wagner Center Faculty on 75th and 2nd on the Higher East Facet. Police on-site say the present ready time is three hours. pic.twitter.com/m72XS7LY5k
— Marie Schulte-Bockum (@marieschubo) October 24, 2020
That is Brooklyn. Strains are double wrapped for six blocks. Actually 1000’s of individuals in line for a hand filled with voting machines. That is the one early voting location for TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. That is disgusting. That is voter suppression. That is what we’re up towards. pic.twitter.com/QxKQbf0IrR
— Ben O’Keefe (he/him) (@benjaminokeefe) October 24, 2020
Some New Yorkers criticized the lengthy traces and the obvious lack of satisfactory infrastructure to deal with the onslaught of early voters. The Instances reported that some polling facilities in New York Metropolis had points with malfunctioning ballot machines on Saturday.
Nonetheless, many New York voters mentioned they have been undeterred by the lengthy wait instances. In New York Metropolis alone, greater than 80,000 votes have been solid on Saturday, town’s Board of Elections mentioned.
“Given this 12 months and given the present president we have to ship a transparent message that his insurance policies don’t work, that they’re offensive, that they don’t symbolize American values,” Vanessa Reilly, a 38-year-old Brooklynite who waited in line to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, informed Reuters.
Early voters in a number of different states, together with Pennsylvania, Ohio and Alabama, additionally confirmed up in droves to solid their ballots on Saturday.
Already, greater than 56 million People throughout the nation have solid early ballots both in individual or by mail. At this charge, the U.S. might see the highest voter turnout charge since 1908, Reuters famous, citing knowledge from the U.S. Elections Undertaking.
Alabama, the place early voting within the type of no-excuse in-person absentee voting is occurring for the primary time, had lengthy traces regardless of pouring rain for 9-1 Saturday voting at the moment. There have been over 100 individuals in line in Bessemer who have been in a position to keep & vote once they shut down at 1. pic.twitter.com/yqtLhMXBQR
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) October 24, 2020
ALABAMA: Voters within the state that gave start to the Voting Rights Act are turning out for in individual absentee voting (now via 10/29)
— Kristen Clarke 866-OUR-VOTE (@KristenClarkeJD) October 24, 2020