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.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was at the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday greeting voters, who waited on line in the rain.

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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.

The surge in early voting and votes by absentee ballots come amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Early voting ended at 4 p.m. Sunday. New York doesn’t offer early voting Monday, and Election Day is Tuesday.

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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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