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Long lines return for 2nd day of early voting in New York

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Posted at 10:41 AM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 17:06:23-04

NEW YORK CITY — New Yorkers lined up across the city Sunday morning for the second day of early voting in the presidential election.

Early voting in New York kicked off on Saturday and runs through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 3.

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Nearly 94,000 people voted in New York City on Saturday alone, according to the Board of Elections.

Many voters stood in long lines for several hours to cast their ballot.

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More long lines were spotted in the city before the polls opened at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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In Manhattan, one voter said hundreds of people had already lined up at the Kips Bay polling site at First Avenue and 26th Street.

The early voting site in Midwood, Brooklyn had a line that stretched down the block, video shows.

As the weekend wound down, New Yorkers continued to exercise their right to vote, waiting up to four hours in some cases to get to the front of the line.

Voters like Ed Budz say any wait is worth every minute.

“Whatever your decision, there’s so much at stake for the people to have their choice,” said Budz.

Joining residents for the long haul, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who’s up for re-election.

Ocasio-Cortez kicked off her vote at the Parkchester polling place, encouraging her constituents to cast a ballot before Election Day.

“I want my vote was tallied the night the polls close so I will wait two hour just like my neighbors are to make sure that happens,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

In Manhattan, polling places were packed, including at Madison Square Garden, welcoming voters for the very first time.

New Yorkers took advantage of voting early, with a goal of avoiding even longer lines on November Third and getting their ballot in as soon as possible.

“I’m looking for unity because I do think there’s a lot of people who’s voices haven’t been heard, I’m looking for an end to racial strife and looking for the lies to stop,” said Budz.