Thousands brave long lines, wet weather to vote early

In Westchester, only 17 sites are open for early voting, and each site only has two machines.

News 12 Staff

Oct 26, 2020, 5:08 PM

Updated 1,325 days ago

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Long lines and wet weather didn't seem to stop thousands of citizens from turning out all across the Hudson Valley this weekend for early voting.
Early voting kicked off at noon on Saturday and many had already gotten on the line hours before the kick off. It was the same on Sunday.
People waited on lines that were blocks long, and wrapped around polling places to cast their ballots. Social media was flooded with pictures and videos from all over. Voters said they were waiting for hours before they finally reached the machines.
Registered voters who are on line before the polling places close are allowed to cast their ballots, and poll workers stay on site until the last person is processed.
Today, people began lining up at the Grinton I. Will Library in Yonkers at 5:30 a.m. for day three of early voting.
The voting machines weren't even rolled in until after 7 a.m., and the doors opened at 8 a.m.  By that time, the line was already stretching along Central Avenue all the way back to Tuckahoe Road. "I was so excited about it and I'm pushing the young people to go to the polls, so I have to set a good example," says Mary Morton, of Yonkers.
Officials at the County Board of Elections say the reason the lines are so long is because, there are only 17 sites open for early voting, and each site only has two machines.
Those machines are also the only ones​ equipped to take votes from all​ Westchester voters, no matter their address.
Despite the long lines, people said they are willing to wait. "It doesn't matter rain, line. I came without umbrella.  I said if it rains it doesn't matter. I'm going to stand here and vote," says Leena Trilokekar, of Ossining. "Our ancestors died to have the right to vote. People actually died less than 100 years ago to have the right to vote in this country. It’s important. It doesn't matter who you vote for, just vote!" says Donna James, of Ossining.
Early voting continues all week through Sunday, but the times vary so officials urge you to check before you come out because you don't want to wait any longer than you need to.


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