NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — More than 1 million people cast in-person ballots in New York City, election officials announced Sunday, the ninth and final day of early voting in the state.
New Yorkers reported wait times of a half-hour or less at many polling places and posted selfies of early voting stickers to social media.READ MORE: Gov. Kathy Hochul Increases Pressure On COVID Vaccine Holdouts As Deadline For Health Care Workers Approaches
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was at the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday greeting voters, who waited on line in the rain.
Statewide, more than 2.2 million people had voted in person through Saturday, according to the New York State Board of Elections, or about 17% of registered voters. On top of that, more than 1 million voters have returned absentee ballots.
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NYC Early Voting 2020 is Complete!!!! Manhattan 238,581
Staten Island 104,043 Cumulative Check-Ins 1,119,056 Thank you NYC 🗽🗽🗽🗽
— NYCBoardOfElections (@BOENYC) November 1, 2020
The surge in early voting and votes by absentee ballots come amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Nationally, more than 91.6 million people voted early. That represents about 67% of the total ballots cast four years ago. The rush to vote is leading election experts to predict a record 150 million votes cast, with turnout rates higher than in any presidential election since 1908.
New York’s overall turnout was projected to top two-thirds of 12 million registered voters. The state did not allow early voting in 2016.
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