Get Out And Vote (and with enthusiasm, even)
After what seems like an eternity … Election Day is finally here.
Polls in New York are open tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can use nyc.pollsitelocator.com to find your polling place.
In addition to the Presidential race, don’t forget to vote in the other federal, state, and local races on the ballot (you may need to turn your ballot over for them).
If you have trouble voting …
Hopefully tomorrow’s election will be a smooth one, but you should be prepared for long lines (yes, New York State should adopt early voting, so this would not be such an issue).
If you use nyc.pollsitelocator.com to find your polling place, you can also note your Assembly District/Election District to help speed up the process of voting tomorrow (you can skip the street-finder table, and just go straight to your AD/ED table).
(In one very small win for slightly easier elections, the NYC Board of Elections accepted my suggestion to place posters at the poll-sites that will let people know about nyc.pollsitelocator.com so they don’t have to wait at the street-finder table).
If your name is not listed in the registration book at your polling place, make sure you are at the right polling place and AD/ED table. If your name still is not there, you can request and vote on an affidavit ballot.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will also be operating an election day hotline, at 800-771-7755 or by email at civil [dot] rights [at] ag [dot] NY [dot] gov.
I know it may be difficult right at this moment to remember just how lucky we are to live in a democracy, and to have the opportunity to vote tomorrow. So if you’re needing a little inspiration:
… check out this WNYC story on one New Yorker who does not take voting for granted.
… listen to this RadioLab podcast on times when just one vote mattered.
… or (especially for those of you who volunteered at the Park Slope Armory during Hurricane Sandy four years ago this month) re-read this story about local “democracy hero” Livia Beasley’s work to help 85 elderly Sandy evacuees to vote in those dark days.
As Representative John Lewis tweets succinctly: “I’ve marched, protested, been beaten and arrested--all for the right to vote. Friends of mine gave their lives. Honor their sacrifice. Vote.”