By now most of you have either seen the long lines the first three or four days of early voting, in person or on the news. Several Westchester voters have been on lines for up to six or seven hours on day one of early voting Saturday (see photos below of Mt. Vernon City Hall, Saturday, October 24th). I personally stood on line for four and a half hours Monday morning in the rain. Lines were even longer in the five boroughs of NYC. Before I go on, allow me to applaud those who have braved the elements, stood on long lines and remained dedicated to cast your ballot no matter how long it took.
Black Westchester would like to give you some updates about the Board of Elections extending voting hours, due to the long lines. They have heard the many calls from residents.
But before I share the new extended hours let me also say, if you have not received your absentee or mail in ballot in the mail by the time you are reading this, its too late, if you want to make sure your vote counts. My advice is to go to one of the early voting locations and cast your ballot in person.
If you have received your ballot in the mail but have not mailed it by the time you are reading this, its too late. My advise if you want to make sure your vote is counted, you need to go to either the Board of Election, located at 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains or at one of the early voting location and hand in your ballot to one of the poll workers or hand it in where ever they direct you too at that location. With the slow down of the postal service you cannot, count on your ballot making it in by the deadline to be counted.
PLEASE MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE OR TURN YOUR BALLOT IN AND CHECK WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND SENIORS IN YOUR AREA TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THIS AND HELP THEM GET TO THE EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS TO EITHER VOTE OR TURN IN THEIR BALLOTS.
We are in uncharted waters and have to do whatever we can to navigate this un-normal circumstances in the most important election in out lives. But fret not, we are have one thing we can to counteract the postal services delays and make sure the Supreme Court does not get involved as Trump want them to decide the election in his favor, and that is to GET OUT AND VOTE! That way you take the power of the voter suppression out of the equation.
Eric Holder, attorney general under Barack Obama, encouraged people to “plan” their vote and cast doubt on the reliability of the “deliberately crippled Postal Service” and Supreme Court.
It’s too late to use the mails,” Holder tweeted on Tuesday. “Given Supreme Court rulings I urge everyone to now vote in person; early vote or use drop boxes.”
Holder warned people to “protect” their health, but alluded to Democratic claims that the Supreme Court and the “deliberately crippled Postal Service” are trying to strip people of their right to vote.
“Protect your health but don’t let the Court and the deliberately crippled Postal Service deprive you of your most precious civil right. Plan your vote,” he tweeted.
Now back to the new hours! The Board of Elections has announced that early voting hours are being extended as follows:
- Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday, October 29, 2020 – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday, October 30, 2020 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, October 31, 2020 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. except Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex – Special Hours due to Halloween event: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, November 1, 2020 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The early voting locations are:
- Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester
- Dobbs Ferry Village Hall, 112 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry
- Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains
- Veterans Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison
- Pound Ridge Town House, 179 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge
- Mamaroneck Town Center, 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
- Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex at Leonard Park, 1 Wallace Drive, Mt. Kisco
- Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla
- Mt. Vernon City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon
- New Rochelle City Hall Annex, 90 Beaufort Place, New Rochelle
- Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining
- Peekskill Nutrition Center, Neighborhood Center, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill
- Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers
- Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains
- Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers
- Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers
- Yorktown Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights
If there are long lines at the location closest to you, you still have options if you do not want to wait several hours. During the early voting period, registered voters may cast their ballots at ANY of the 17 designated early voting locations. It just might require driving or carpooling a little further out of your way to a location with shorter lines. Again you have the power to
On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, Voters MUST use their assigned polling locations. To look up your Election Day polling location visit the New York State Board of Elections at https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/ or the Westchester County Board of Elections at https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/find-polling-place.
Black Westchester encourages all reading this to get out and vote if you haven’t already. If you have, call your neighbors, family members, friends and the seniors in your area and make sure they voted, If they cannot get to the poll, drive them and make sure they are able to cast their vote!