Polls Open in New York, Citizen’s Group Offers Rides to Voters
Polls in New York are open until 9 p.m. November 3 following a record-setting week of early voting and an unusually large number of requests for absentee ballots. Those absentee ballots can be dropped off in person but must be postmarked today in order to be counted.
There have been inquires about transportation to polling places, which has been a tradition in the past. While some services may be limited due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, in Broome County, Citizen Action of New York stated in an email that it is offering rides to the polls. Residents can call (607) 723-0110 for information.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic necessitating further distancing between people at the polls, Binghamton University’s voting place on-campus has been moved to the Events Center.
Officials with the Board of Elections say anyone who goes to their designated polling place before the close of voting at 9 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot. There had been some concerns voiced by residents who didn’t get a chance to participate in the days of early voting that ended on Sunday evening as long waits were noted at the four pre-election day polling sites. Wait times in the first few days of early voting sometimes exceeded two hours.