New York City continued to see voters lining up in large numbers to cast ballots during the fifth day of early voting on Wednesday.

By Wednesday evening, 594,751 early votes had been counted since early voting started on Saturday, which is about 11% of the city's 5.3 million registered voters. Wednesday had the second highest vote total, with 137,016 votes, according to the NYC Board of Elections.

Votes through October 28, 2020

Votes through October 27, 2020

Heavy rain from Hurricane Zeta may diminish turnout on Thursday, but there was a line outside the Brooklyn Museum an hour before early voting started at 10 a.m.

Thursday hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday hours are 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and on Sunday, the final day of early voting, designated poll sites well be open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. As long as you are on line before the closing time, you will be allowed to vote.

Keep in mind that your early voting polling is very likely different from your Election Day site—check locations here. Outside Robert Wagner Middle School on the Upper East Side, Katie Luckett, a 26-year-old medical student at Cornell Weill, was waiting on line on Wednesday, explaining she did not receive her absentee ballot. She said she originally went to vote on Tuesday but showed up at the wrong polling place, not realizing that early voting sites were different from those on Election Day.

Poll workers at early voting locations have been refining how they manage lines. For instance, at Robert Wagner, which has the most early voters—over 118,000—assigned out of all 88 locations in the city, poll workers put the absentee ballot drop-off outside the school, because that freed up another entrance/exit for in-person voters.

Outside Robert Wagner Middle School on October 28, 2020

  • You can also drop off your absentee ballot at any early voting site or Board of Elections office. If you drop off your ballot in person at an early voting site or BOE office, you do not need postage; if you go to an early voting site, find a poll worker at the site to inquire about the absentee ballot drop-off (there may be a line).
  • If you are a senior citizen, ask a poll worker if you can skip the line or go to a line for seniors. Many poll workers are assisting senior citizens, people with disabilities, pregnant women, or people with small children.
  • If you want to vote by absentee ballot, you can go to a Board of Elections office through November 2nd to request a form.
  • Finally, Election Day is November 3rd; find your Election Day polling site here (very likely different from your early voting site!). Polls open on November 3rd at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

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