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Election Final on November 3rd: Know Your Voting Options

Updated 4 weeks ago David Stone
Election Final on November 3rd: Know Your Voting Options

New York's responded to this year's unique circumstances by making voting easier, and for Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side, that's more consequential because we're home to what appears to be the single truly competitive race in New York City.

For the most reliable advice, we turned to Judith Berdy who's taken part in supervising Roosevelt Island election sites for years. When the state announced more open absentee balloting, we asked her about the options for making sure every voter counts.

Step One, Register: It couldn't be easier, check here to find the best way for you.

"Come to PS/IS 217 (645 Main Street) from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on November 3rd. Vote in person," Berdy advises. "We will keep everyone socially distanced. If there are a lot of voters, there is a big long hall to wait in line."

Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Coler will not be a voting site in 2020.

That honors the great tradition of voting, and it's always energizing to join your neighbors exercising democracy.

That said, with some still isolated as a precaution against the coronavirus and others cautious about public exposure, the state offers additional choices.

1) You can vote by mail. Request an absentee ballot and find out the rules here.

2) New York promises to set up early vote in person locations from October 24th through November 1st. Those have not been designated yet.

Finally, because of heavy partisan registration, primary vote winners are virtually assured election, but for the 76th Assembly District, covering the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, the situation is different.

The contest has only one major party candidate, Republican/Liberal Lou Puliafito, and he's challenged by independents, Patrick Bobilin (Blue Wave), and incumbent Rebecca Seawright who failed to meet minimum requirements for the Democratic Party Line.

Also ousted from the Working Families Party Line, Seawright launched efforts to shut out her opponents on technical grounds. Her attempt to oust Puliafito from the Liberal Line failed, this week, and a companion effort to oust Bobilin is pending with a decision expected as early as next week.

 

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