Common Cause/NY Mid-Day Election Recap: Democracy Doesn't Pause
NEW YORK, NY (06/23/2020) (readMedia)-- Today is Primary Day in New York State. Common Cause/NY is fielding complaints from the 866-OUR-VOTE voter protection hotline and our nonpartisan poll monitors are assisting voters both on the ground and online. In total, we've received just under 100 reports.
What we've heard generally:
- The majority of poll workers are wearing PPE and adhering to social distancing guidelines.
- Some poll sites in Manhattan, Queens and Central Brooklyn opened late.
- Some voters received incomplete ballots. Elections for the presidential and state primaries are on two separate ballots.
- Spotty wifi at poll sites.
"These are unprecedented times, but democracy does not pause. The Board of Elections has done a credible job meeting the overwhelming demand for absentee ballots and increasing poll sites for early voting. Although a small but significant percentage of voters did not receive an absentee ballot, the vast majority of those who requested one did, and nearly 100,000 people voted early and safely in-person. However, that does not excuse the outstanding issues we've seen today, which is why we'll be following up aggressively to resolve them before the fall. Common Cause/NY is committed to making sure that the state hit hardest in the nation by the coronavirus has a full say in the presidential election this November," said Suasn Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY.
- Report any trouble to our nonpartisan hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE
- Check your registration. You must be registered in a political party to vote in that party's primary. Voters were able to request an absentee ballot even if their registered party did not have a primary.
- Check to see what's on your ballot before you go to make sure you receive the ballot you're entitled to:
- In NYC: https://vote.nyc/page/understanding-ballot
- Outside NYC: https://www.vote411.org/ballot
In-person voting reminders
- Polls are open until 9 pm! Check your poll site before you head out as some have changed.
- In NYC: nyc.pollsitelocator.com
- Outside NYC: voterlookup.elections.ny.gov
- Wear a mask or one should be provided for you!
- There is no voter ID law in NYS, you do not need to bring an ID to vote.
- If you arrive at your poll site, and you are not on the rolls, cast an affidavit ballot. Your vote mayl count and you will be automatically added to the rolls.
- Any voter can drop off their absentee ballot at their election day poll site. There is a special envelope where the poll workers will place the ballots.
- Want to mail it? Head to your post office to make sure it's postmarked with today's date!
- Post office closed? See above.
- Don't forget to sign and date the absentee ballot envelope.