It’s Friday. We’ll be looking at the election in New York, where early voting begins tomorrow, a prelude to election day on November 2.
It’s a week for election rituals: Mayoral candidates clashed in a debate on Wednesday, and early voting begins in New York tomorrow. Here’s a guide for navigating the 11 days between now and election day on November 2.
Where can I vote early and when?
You can vote in advance on any of the nine consecutive days starting tomorrow. Your advance poll may be different from your polling station on polling day: only 106 will be open for advance polling, not quite 9% of the 1,220 that will be open across town on November 2.
This Election Office voting site locator will tell you where you can vote early and when, as early voting hours start earlier on some days than on others.
The locator also tells you where your polling station will be on election day, as well as enough numbers to call up a play in Meadowlands: your assembly district, your city council district, your electoral district and your judicial district, among others.
You do not need to show any ID to vote, unless you are a new voter and have not registered in person.
Will there be long lines like there were last year?
Maybe, maybe not. “The nature of the electoral event this year is different from last year,” said Jarret Berg, voting rights advocate and co-founder of the VoteEarlyNY group. “A year from the presidential election, we just won’t see the same volume. “
And many races, like the mayoral contest, were largely decided in the June primary, as registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in the city by nearly seven to one. Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams is seen as the clear favorite against Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa.
There are two other city-wide races (for Public Advocate and Comptroller); a race for the presidency of the arrondissement in each arrondissement; and City Council races in each district.
There are no national races like there were last year. There are also no races in Congress.
But there are five ballot proposals this time around. You can give your favorable or unfavorable opinion to voter registration the same day (which could allow registration less than 10 days before polling day) and to postal voting without excuse (which would mean that you could vote by post without having to say that you cannot vote in person because you are out of town, ill or physically disabled).
Will there be a preferential vote, like in the June primary?
No, except in two special elections – and it won’t matter in one, because only one candidate is running.
It is in the Bronx, where Yudelka Tapia is running for the last year of MP Victor Pichardo’s term. Pichardo, a Democrat, resigned last month. Tapia lost an offer for the city council in June.
Three candidates are on the ballot in the other special election, to fill the state Senate seat vacated when Governor Kathy Hochul chose Brian Benjamin to be lieutenant governor.
Will my postal ballot be counted?
So far, this election does not look like a repeat of last year – when the electoral board sent out nearly 100,000 ballots with the wrong names and addresses – or the June primary, when the board accidentally rolled out posted incorrect vote totals for the mayor’s primary. . (He had to retract and recount.)
“Our lovely Election Office – let’s hope they are right this time,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. He has long complained to the Elections Office, at least going back to problems with voting machines in the 2010 primary.
John Kaehny, executive director of the Reinvent Albany watch group, said there had been “no warning signs of hurricane-type electoral failure.” But he said the council had struggled to recruit people to work at the polling stations. Lack of staff could cause problems once voting begins, he said.
Is Curtis Sliwa the only member of his family to stand for election?
No. His wife, Nancy, is the Republican candidate for city council in an Upper West Side neighborhood. The Democratic candidate is Gale Brewer, the president of the Manhattan borough, who was unable to run for a third term due to term limits.
The district is strongly Democrat, but Nancy Sliwa said in a debate with Brewer that she was not “a traditional Republican” and that she had previously supported Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The debate was conducted from a distance, and as she spoke, two cats jumped onto a ledge behind her in the 320 square foot apartment where the Sliwas live with more than a dozen cats. In 2018, when she ran for state attorney general, Newsday and the New York Post said her platform revolved around animal rights.
It’s a mostly sunny fall day, New York – cooler than yesterday, with temperatures only reaching the 60s. They will fall in the mid-1950s on a mostly cloudy evening. Beware of the risk of showers during the weekend.
parking on the alternative side
In effect until November 1 (All Saints’ Day).
In the mid-2000s, I worked for a company with offices on Park Avenue. I was living in Denver then and traveling to New York for meetings several times a year, staying in company suites at the Waldorf Towers.
I have often had breakfast at the hotel’s Coffee House, 50th Street on the Lexington Avenue side. My usual order was tea and toast. The tea was served in a small pink teapot with a silver rim, a Waldorf signature.
Small teapots have become a comforting morning staple on these trips. I have been served by the same waitress for years and have often told her how much I love teapots.
In October 2014, I read that the Waldorf had been sold. Then, on my next trip to New York, I was informed that my company would be merging my division with one in Fort Worth and that I, along with 300 others, would be laid off. The trip would be my last.
The next morning I had my usual breakfast at the Coffee House. My waitress had also been informed that she would be fired soon. I said I would miss her and, of course, my little pink teapots.
It was my last morning at the hotel and I had already left. My travel bag was open on the floor next to the booth where I was sitting. I walked away for a few minutes, came back, tipped the waitress and left for the last time. It was a sad morning.
When I got back to Denver and unpacked my bag, I found a small pink teapot wrapped in a hotel towel with a note on it. He said all the old Waldorf porcelain and silver had to be sold and that was a memory of my many breakfasts there, compliments of a longtime friend.
– Mary F. Cook
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