What to expect if you vote in person Tuesday


NEW YORK – Tuesday is Primary Day in New York.

NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca has more with the New York State Board of Elections on what to expect if you’re heading to the polls.

Voters should expect to take COVID precautions and bring a mask with them, if not it will be provided at the poll site.

((John Conklin, NYS Board of Elections Director of Public Information)) They’re expected to wear it. If for some reason they can’t, if they decline, then they will be isolated within a poll site and a ballot will be brought to them. And, they’ll have the opportunity to vote, but they’re going to be moved away from the other voters inside the poll site.

A big difference this year was the surge in applications for absentee ballots.

According to the New York State Board of Elections, local boards have processed about 1.8 million applications.

If for some reason you didn’t receive an absentee ballot, you can still vote at the poll site.

Conklin says given the fact that a large percentage of the electorate will be absentee ballots:

((John Conklin, NYS Board of Elections Director of Public Information))… the public, the candidates and the media should expect that we’re not going to know any certified results probably for one or two weeks after the election, maybe longer.

Absentee ballots being mailed back, must be postmarked by tomorrow.

Sarah Goff with Common Cause New York has a suggestion if you haven’t sent yours in yet.

((Sarah Goff, Common Cause New York Deputy Director)) We are advising voters to actually drop their ballot at an actual post office just to make sure that you get the day-of postmark either if you’re going today or tomorrow so you don’t accidentally miss a collection time in your local mail drop box.

Almost 93,000 New Yorkers took advantage of early voting which concluded yesterday.

Polls re-open from 6am to 9pm statewide tomorrow.

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