This is it! Voters have one more chance to cast ballots today in historic presidential contest

Michael Gartland, New York Daily News
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The last call to do your civic duty in 2020 has arrived.

Today is the final chance voters will have to cast their ballots in what has proven to be one of the most contentious, polarizing elections in U.S. history.

To vote in New York City today, voters have a couple of options.

You can do it in person at your polling place. Or you can drop your absentee ballot in the mail, or deliver it in-person to a polling site or a city Board of Elections office by Nov. 3.

2020 marked the first-year New Yorkers got the opportunity to vote early and in-person for president. More than 2.5 million voters in the state took advantage, including a whopping 1.1 million city residents.

More than 91 million Americans voted early nationwide.

But early in-person voting ended Sunday, leaving one more day for voters to belly up to the ballot box.

Mayor de Blasio on Monday reminded New Yorkers that the city will dispatch 500 volunteers with its Election Observers Corps on Tuesday to observe and report any irregularities at the polls. Clashes between supporters for President Trump and Joe Biden have occurred outside of polling places in other states, but so far, that has not been an issue in the Big Apple.

“We want people to know that it is safe. We want people to know that when you go out there, it’ll be safe and secure,” de Blasio said Monday. “We also want people to know that we will not accept any effort to intimidate voters in New York City.”

New York State’s overall voter turnout is expected to hit at least 8 million, or two-thirds of its 12 million registered voters. In New York City, more than 3 million out of the city’s 4.9 million active registered voters are expected to cast ballots, overall, according to the NY Times.

Mail-in ballots have posed problems for many voters in the city. Last Friday, the city Board of Elections reported that more than 300 absentee ballots were sent out with flawed return envelopes. Earlier on in October, thousands of Brooklyn voters got flawed materials in the mail. The board attributed both snafus to printing errors.

Voters now can no longer request absentee ballots, so if you don’t have one and you haven’t voted, the only way to make your voice heard is to go to your assigned polling place and vote in person.

Where is your polling place? Visit the city Board of Elections website and enter your home address.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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