If you haven’t registered to vote yet, it’s too late now to receive a ballot for the presidential election. The registration deadline flew by on October 9. But it’s important to register anyway to make sure you can vote in future elections.
For those who prefer mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 27. Those ballots must be either postmarked or returned in person by November 3, the day of the election.
Make sure to follow the instructions carefully, otherwise the Board of Elections will face an even longer absentee ballot counting process than needed.
Thanks to landmark legislation passed last year by state lawmakers, New York has early voting, which runs from October 24 to November 1. If you want to avoid long lines and can’t wait to cast your ballot, early voting is the way to go.
According to reports, more than 27 million ballots across the country have already been cast. That’s a sign that there will be a record-high turnout in this election.
Of course, voters can simply go to their usual polling place on November 3. Mask up, and bring hand sanitizer if you can.
There is too much on the line in this election to sit this one out. Even in a “blue” state like New York, every vote counts, especially when the president is threatening to not accept the results should he lose.
Make a plan to vote, and be sure to exercise your constitutional right that so many people have fought hard to preserve for centuries.