We are entering what could be the most consequential election of our lifetime, and with so many new options for voting, it is important to me that you have the most accurate, up-to-date information. Below is a summary of voting options for Staten Islanders, along with links for more information. I hope that you will take some time to read this and make a plan to vote in the next two weeks.
IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING STARTS THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24.
Use findmypollsite.vote.nyc to identify your early voting site and its hours (or even your Election Day site — they’re likely two different locations!). You can even preview the ballot for your location at findmypollsite.vote.nyc to reduce the amount of time you’ll spend in a polling place.
HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING
It’s important to know that the hours at early sites vary, to accommodate the widest range of voters:
- Saturday, 10/24: 10 am – 4 pm
- Sunday, 10/25: 10 am – 4 pm
- Monday, 10/26: 7 am – 3 pm
- Tuesday, 10/27: 12 pm – 8 pm
- Wednesday, 10/28: 12 pm – 8 pm
- Thursday, 10/29: 10 am – 6 pm
- Friday, 10/30: 7 am – 3 pm
- Saturday, 10/31: 10 am – 4 pm
- Sunday, 11/1: 10 am – 4 pm
ABSENTEE BALLOT – APPLY BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
It’s not too late to apply for an absentee ballot (Tuesday, Oct. 27 is the deadline); early voting sites will also accept completed, sealed absentee ballots. I highly highly recommend that you not wait until the last day to request a ballot. There is too much at stake!
For those absentee voters who are skittish about even entering an early voting poll site to drop their ballots in the drop boxes there, there’s a solution: Invisible Hands, a nonpartisan volunteer group that’s done amazing work running errands for the homebound, will pick up sealed absentee ballots from seniors and deposit them in the drop boxes at early voting sites. Homebound seniors (or whoever) can request a volunteer to pick up their ballot here. And if you’d like to volunteer for Invisible Hands to do ballot runs, complete the volunteer form here.
Also, you should know that it is legal to gather sealed ballot envelopes on your own and deliver them to ballot drop boxes.
Have you requested an absentee ballot but haven’t received it yet? Use the Board of Elections’ Absentee Tracker to see where your request is in the process.
ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020
POLLS WILL BE OPEN 6 AM TO 9 PM
Use findmypollsite.vote.nyc to identify your poll site.
If you have any questions, vote.nyc is a comprehensive resource of information.
Finally, I would remind you that I will be on the ballot in 2021, running to represent the North Shore in the New York City Council. I thank you all for your support, and I encourage you to share this voter information and information about my candidacy with your friends and neighbors!
Now make a plan to vote!
– Troy McGhie